The Dark Historic Associations of Gingerbread

From violent literary associations to war-driven distribution, the history of gingerbread cookies happens to be tinged with darkness. According to historians, ginger first entered the European world of baking in the Middle Ages, after centuries of use as a medicine, due to The Crusades. Those fighting in the Middle East brought it back and centuries later it became a confectioner’s ingredient used to make hard, …

Biscottea

A satisfying line of tea- and coffee-infused shortbreads

Biscottea was founded in 2007 by Laurance Milner to cater to “real” tea enthusiasts who prefer traditional shortbread biscuits over Italian biscotti. The Seattle-based company’s tasty organic cookies are made with real tea, in a range of flavors like Earl Gray, chai, mint, blueberry and African honeybush. They also make a line of gluten-free cookies, which pack just as much punch in an easy-to-digest alternative. …

Poilane Biscuits

Cherry spoons and bone-shaped treats—pas pour les chiens!

On a recent visit to beloved Parisian boulangerie and patisserie Poilane , we scooped up the two newest flavors in their line of savory and sweet biscuits—cherry cookies in the shape of spoons (nicely complimenting their curry forks and shortbread spoons) and dog bones aptly called Pas Pour Les Chiens (not for dogs). The bone-shaped cookies by celebrity cartoon dogs Caperino and Peperone (little caper …