Biscuits

These craggy biscuits are equally at home on the dinner table (particularly with stews) or at breakfast (served with Flavored Butters). Either way, if you eat them as soon as they come out of the oven (which is when they’re at their finest), be prepared to eat too many. And don’t be tempted to shape these: they’re best when handled as little as possible.

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

The first time I tried these cookies, I used walnuts but thought they’d be even better with almonds or pecans. However, while both versions were first-rate, neither compared with the walnuts, which remain my favorite. These are great cookies to make when you have a few minutes to spare: the dough can be made up to 2 weeks ahead and refrigerated. Additionally, once baked, the cookies keep fresh for at least 3 days.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

I spent literally years and hundreds of dollars coming up with what I think is the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Perfect for me, I should say. I was looking for something that was like the cookie dough I used to slice and bake as a kid and something that was like the kind of cookie that my grandmother’s cook, Delia, made. So good, in fact, it made no difference if you left the chocolate chips out. To me, these are the ideal cookie: crunchy, not too sweet, lots of nuts. If you’re looking for soft and chewy, keep looking.

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