As Good as Gold: Goldies

I needed a quick recipe to bake something for a going away party at work and decided to try Alice Medrich's "Goldies" cookies. It was the pretty full-page photo of the delicate golden wafers in Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy that drew me in. (The photo that accompanies the recipe on the Serious Eats website is the photo from the cookbook, except that it's been rotated 90 degrees and all of the color has been washed out out it. The photo accompanying this article from The Telegraph is the cookbook photo with the correct orientation and color saturation.)

You can make the batter in a few minutes. You beat eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla until thick and pale; add warm melted butter; and fold in flour and cornstarch. I used a #50 scoop to drop the batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (getting 38 cookies from a batch) and baked the the cookies until the edges were golden.
The batter was quite thin and spread easily; the cookies baked into slim wafers with tiny air bubbles on top and elegant tapered edges. While most of the cookies were nicely round, the thin batter consistency meant that several ended up spreading into irregular shapes.

While these cookies can be served plain, the recipe headnote also recommends sandwiching them around milk chocolate or dulce de leche. I decided to fill them with some store-bought dulce de leche from Trader Joe's that I happened to have on hand.
My husband tried one of these sandwiches and said it tasted like a premium Pepperidge Farm Milano. I agree. The crisp buttery vanilla wafer bears a strong physical resemblance to a Pepperidge Farm cookie, and it tastes just as good. The dulce de leche filling is a fantastic filling for the cookies; it complements and enhances the flavor of the goldies. I baked and filled these cookies a day in advance and stored them in the refrigerator, taking them out about an hour before serving. The cookies maintained their delightful crisp texture and didn't become soggy at all.

These cookies were a big hit at the party and they are golden in my book.

Recipe: "Goldies" from Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich, recipe available here at Serious Eats.


Katrina Lexa said…
These cookies are adorable! It's dangerous to know I could make my own mint Milano cookies at home...
Thanks! I can't wait to try them with chocolate filling!