Weekend o’ Cookies: Ricotta and Chocolate Chip

Last weekend was spent baking cookies, and this weekend is being spent delivering them to their new homes. So far all of the Italians have expressed nothing but love for the American biscottini. As if we had any doubt, right?

So as I’ve already shown you, I made thumbprints and kolaches.

Now here are the ricotta cookies:

ricotta cookies

and my favorite, the chocolate chips:

chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven
stacks of chocolate chip cookies

Does this look like anyone to you?

personable chocolate chip cookie

More cookies tomorrow! Stay tuned!

18 Beans of Wisdom to “Weekend o’ Cookies: Ricotta and Chocolate Chip”
  1. Eryn
    12.22.2007

    i’m just gonna throw this out there…….that the smell of cookies (esp. chocolate chip) baking in the oven is the best smell EVER.

    do you prefer soft and gooey cookies or more crunchy/hard and then dunking in milk?

    i’m a fan of the soft and gooey:-)

    oh cookies….they’re the best!

  2. sognatrice
    12.22.2007

    *Eryn, I’m *so* with you on that smell!

    As for the cookie consistency, I like ’em both ways depending on my mood.

    The funny thing about these chocolate chip cookies is that they *look* hard but they’re not at all if they’re baked correctly–they’re actually soft, not gooey, but not cake-like either. They’re my absolute favorite consistency overall; my mom has definitely perfected this recipe for me πŸ™‚

    Of course because they’re so thin I tend to eat more of them than I probably should but hey, it’s really only once a year πŸ˜‰

  3. Maddy
    12.22.2007

    I shall be baking with my daughter this morning – chocolate cookies and sausage rolls.
    Cheers

    This is my calling card or link“Whittereronautism”which takes you straight to my new blog.

  4. sognatrice
    12.22.2007

    *Maddy, how fun! Happy baking!

  5. Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah)
    12.22.2007

    Well, I’ve been threatening for three days now to bake… vanillekipferl (recipe’s posted on my site), zimtsterne (cinnamon stars)… and to make my own marzipan so I can make marzipan “fruits” – so far, it’s just been far too hot for baking – 33 degrees C today – at least it won’t take much to soften butter should I need it!

  6. Madelyne
    12.22.2007

    mmmmm wish i could reach into my pc screen & eat one.

  7. Alexandra
    12.22.2007

    Oh sognatrice you are definitely someone I had in mind for the recipe (and a story)book i’m trying to make – come play with us!! send a story in πŸ™‚

  8. Gil
    12.22.2007

    Sorry I haven’t commented on this thread of cookies as often as I should, but it is one great series. Have any of your relatives decided to surprise you with a trip to Calabria for Christmas?

    I’ll take all the well done cookies. I’ll never forget the night I stopped at a friends house to pick up his business records (tax time) and his young daughter was crying because she had “burnt” a batch of chocolate chip cookies and was about to put them in the trash. I rescued the day and ate a bunch of the cookies while I was there and took the rest home with me. She reminds me of that evening every year when she drops off her tax info at my house!

    Merry Christmas to all!

  9. Sharon
    12.22.2007

    Chocolate chip cppkies are medicine for whatever ails you!

    I have made prune and fig filling for cookies that will be baked tomorrow. I wonder how many cookies are being homemade this weekend around the world???

  10. softdrink
    12.23.2007

    I made ricotta cookies today, for the first time ever. They’re soooo good, they’re giving chocolate chip a run for their money in my cookie affections.

  11. Stefanie
    12.23.2007

    I’ve never heard of ricotta cookies, but I am intrigued. Also, those chocolate chip ones look amazing!

  12. sognatrice
    12.23.2007

    *AV & A, oh my goodness that *is* too hot for baking! I’ve never even had marzipan–can you believe it?

    *Madelyne, buon appetito!

    *Alexandra, sounds fun–thanks πŸ™‚

    *Gil, no surprise visitors yet–and all the well-cooked cookies have your name on them (although I’m rather partial to them too) πŸ˜‰

    *Sharon, I can’t even imagine how many ovens are being turned on right now….

    *Softdrink, I know what you mean! I remember the first time my mom made them–definitely one of the best cookies out there. Plus? They stay fresh and moist for the long haul. Yum!

    *Stefanie, ooh you definitely have to try your hand at these–pretty easy so long as you don’t overbake (the cookies stay white so it’s easy to think they’re not done yet). They’re actually supposed to have shredded coconut on top of the icing but I couldn’t find any. I’ll have my mom send it for next year though.

    As Softdrink said above, definitely sure to become a favorite πŸ™‚

  13. saraarts
    12.24.2007

    Did Blogger eat my comment? Well, fine. I’ll say it again.

    I see Woody Woodpecker in that cookie. So does that mean something? Is this, like, a Rohrschach cookie or something?

  14. sognatrice
    12.24.2007

    *Sara, it wasn’t specifically designed that way, but I couldn’t help but notice there was a face in there when I started taking photos. I kinda see Hitler but with prettier eyes, so I like your answer better.

    Ha ha ha HA ha! Ha ha ha HA ha!

    Get it? πŸ˜‰

  15. sandierpastures
    12.24.2007

    Michelle, can you share your chocochip cookie recipe? I’d like to bake with my 4 year old in the weekend.

    The cookies look very delicious and worth trying to bake!

  16. sognatrice
    12.24.2007

    *Grace, recipe on the way! Happy baking πŸ™‚

  17. Dewey
    12.24.2007

    Ok, that’s it, I’m coming over to your house! Be there in five minutes. πŸ˜‰

  18. sognatrice
    12.25.2007

    *Dewey, plenty of cookies left!

Michelle FabioMichelle Fabio is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer living in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy and savoring simplicity one sip at a time. 

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