Wednesday, January 03, 2007

the 34 cookies of Christmas: day 14

A decadent caramel peanut-brittle finger is the cookie we focus on during day 14 of the 34 cookies of Christmas 2006. This is a recipe discovered long ago, while working at a lovely little restaurant in Sackets Harbor, New York. Owner and executive chef Cheryl (see previous posts) found this recipe, and over the course of a few years we made it together.

Of course, like most recipes, we found a way to "make it our own" here at orenji catering. Some years we make these with cashews, some years with mixed nuts, some years (like this past year) with peanuts. But the flaky short crust, and the Belgian bittersweet chocolate dipped ends remain the same year after year. These are a family favorite, and for us, a cookie that brings back fond memories of winters in a tiny snow-covered hamlet.

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