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The Best Cookie Ever for the Classic: Andrew bakes Dorie Greenspan’s Beurre et Sel Jammers for the Hampton Classic

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The Best Cookie Ever for the Classic
The Best Table from #TheBridgehamptonFlorist no matter who won.
           As long-time readers know, the Hampton Classic Horse Show is unofficially the last blast of summer, a big party under huge tents that marks the end of the social season out here.   It’s traditionally one of the biggest celebrity draws of the year.  But this year, there was an unwelcome visitor, Hurricane Hermine.  The $300,000 Grand Prix was quickly re-scheduled for an earlier start.  While the sun

shone brilliantly and the wind was more a welcome breeze, apparently a lot of people “didn’t get the memo”.  A large segment of our summer population left town imagining that if they waited any longer, they’d have a hard slog in the storm.  So Classic standbys like the inimitable Joy Marks, famous for changing outfits mid-show, were nowhere to be found.  Matt Lauer was delivering his son to Boarding School. Mayor Giuliani, who is persona-non-grata out here this season, wisely stayed away.   In fact the only truly bold-faced name we saw was Brooke Shields.  They really missed a lot.

Place setting by #The Bridgehampton Florist

The Jump Off, where 5 horses competed for the Grand Prize was the most exciting in years as rider after rider bested each other’s times.  The Grand Prix luncheon table designers outdid themselves again this year.  And best of all, the table of our hosts, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens judged the table of our hosts, Michael and Jim of The Bridgehampton Florist, Second Prize Winner of Best Table arrangement. (All anyone could ask was who was First if this magnificent table was second.)  And the other thing the no-shows missed wascAndrew’s incredible discovery: Dorie Greenspan’s Beurre et Sel Jammers, a jam-filled shortbread cookie so buttery and luscious that it makes my list of Best Cookie ever at The Classic.


Dorie Greenspan is one of our favorite cookbook authors.  Her “Around My French Table” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010) is one of those cookbooks where I look first for inspiration.  But Ms Greenspan’s fame is most often ascribed to her remarkable career in baking.  She’s a James Beard Award winner for “Baking: From My Home to Yours” and “Baking with Julia”.  For an all-too-brief a time, she and her son, Joshua, described as a “Cookie Monster” owned a stall in The Essex Market, a lower East Side food destination at 120 Essex Street. After a 15 month run in 2012 and 2013, the stall closed. It was likely a victim of the high cost of her merchandise combined with a clientele that is still looking for bargains on the lower East Side.  Andrew and I made a pilgrimage there when it opened.  We were delighted with its array of cookies. Her fan favorites were all there from Classic Vanilla Sables to Chocolate Chunkers. And then there were the unexpected delights of Coconut Lime and Savory Rosemary Parmesan Sables. And there were Jammers.   So when Andrew came across the recipe for them in a Bon Appetit magazine, he couldn’t wait to bake them.

         Any cookie this good requires a little effort but the result is so worthwhile, I bet you will bake these time and time again.  There’s a cookie dough to make and a streusel to top it with.  It also requires muffin tins and a two inch cookie cutter.  But the good news is the dough and streusel can be made in advance and nowhere does Ms. Greenspan suggest making your own jam.  Jammers also keep very well—for at least a couple of days.  Here is the recipe.

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