Mindy Segal, author of Cookie Love and owner of HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar in Chicago, is a lady with strong feelings about cookies. One of her biggest crusades? Bring back the cookie plate, and bring it back now.
Mindy feels that a cookie plate is really the best way to end a meal, whether it's a simple weeknight dinner or a fancy dinner party. She says, "It's a really nice way to linger over the table with friends, especially with coffee or an after-dinner cocktail." Even after a big meal, you still always have room to nibble a cookie, and with a cookie plate, everyone gets something they like.
Mindy says that a good cookie plate has some variety: "Ideally, you want a little bit from each category of cookie — a couple drop cookies, a couple rugelach, a couple shortbread cookies, maybe a spritz or an egg white cookie." Also think about cookies with different ingredients, like one with nuts and another with chocolate, and different textures, like crisp, chewy, and buttery.
For those of us who don't have a fleet of bakers at our disposal, Mindy suggests freezing batches of various kinds of cookie dough so that you can bake off just a few at a time for a spur-of-the-moment mixed cookie plate.
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