Last weekend, a friend and I cashed in on our cookie making class at Milk & Cookies in the West Village. The class was a special offered through Thrillist but owner Tina Casaceli said she’d be open to doing more if there’s interest!
I’ll admit, that Sunday was a rare day where I wasn’t really in the mood for sweets – least of all cookies – but that soon changed. Their kitchen in their main West Village is cozy. We wound downstairs behind the bakery counter to the kitchen area.
I was really excited though to see what kinds of cookies we were going to be making. Rather than making cookies that we could also purchase up front we were instead baking her family recipes – all traditional Italian cookies you’d more likely find in an Italian bakery.
There was Grandma Connie’s Anise Toast – perfect for dunking in your morning coffee and far better, IMHO, than biscotti. Easy and only five ingredients: flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar, and a bit of anise oil. Dont love anise? You can replace the anise with pure vanilla or pure almond extract, or another flavor that strikes your fancy.
Next was Grandma Tina’s Chocolate Drop cookies. We used bittersweet chocolate, which led to a chocolate cookie that wasn’t super sweet. All in all, this one only used 9 ingredients! After baking, we lightly iced these and added a walnut on top. So good.
The third kind we made was Aunt Annie’s Sesame Seed Cookies. This also was only 9 ingredients. You could do the recipe with standard sesame seeds or even black sesame seeds. The cookie portion crumbles slightly in your mouth and the sesame seeds added a fun crunch.
Finally we made Viscotti or Aunt Rose’s Famous “S” cookies, which Tina explained her aunt made every day fresh for her uncle. I was surprised how easy it was to form the dough for each cookie into an “S” shape. Like the anise toast, I found the “S” cookies paired nicely with coffee.
We had a blast in the class. Tina made us feel completely at home and I walked away with four recipes I can’t wait to make on my own. I haven’t tracked it down yet, but looking forward to checking out her cookbook (look like we got a nice taste of chapter 7!) – and maybe returning back to their store for their whoopie pies, which looked delicious!
Milk & Cookies – 19 Commerce Street – 212.243.1640