Cookbook Club

Ever Wanted to Ask Dorie Greenspan a Question? Now's Your Chance

April 27, 2017

This month, members of our newly launched Baking Club have been baking their way through Dorie Greenspan's latest cookbook, Dorie's Cookies.

And they're not baking through it alone—Dorie Greenspan herself has joined our Baking Club and has been answering members' questions. As April comes to a close, our club's time with Dorie's Cookies is nearing an end, but Dorie is still answering more questions. To pose a question to the queen of cookies yourself, just head over to Facebook, request to join the Baking Club, and you'll see a post on the wall where you can ask Dorie your questions.

Read on to read a few of Dorie's answers and to browse photos of what members have been baking from both Dorie's Cookies and our year-long book, How to Bake Everything (you might even spot a couple from our own team, we can't resist playing along):

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Mocha Ricotta Puffs, Lavender-White Chocolate Sablés Photo by Mary Jo Shakelford, LouLou Cabour

Marji Klein Finkel: Dorie!! So happy to see you here! Your books are my favorite! Question: What type of vanilla extract do you use? I heard you talking about it on Milk Street Radio and I was intrigued. Thanks!

Dorie Greenspan: I use a vanilla extract from Sonoma Syrup Co called "Crush"—it's got vanilla bean pulp in it. I also like Nielsen-Massey.

Classic Jammers, Vanilla-Brown Butter Madeleines Photo by Rebecca Robb, Lisa Cummings Edwards

Susan D'Amico Morelli loved Dorie's Sunny-Side-Up Meringues and wondered if the same technique would work for a meringue pie.

Dorie Greenspan confirmed that it would indeed, saying: "I think that meringue would pie nicely."

Hibiscus shortbread, crumbly af #f52bakingclub

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Chive and Goat Cheese Cookies, Anzac Biscuits Photo by Camellia El-Antably, Mardi Michels

Sharon Gollman was struggling with crumbly cookie dough and wondered if there was a trick for getting it to hold together better.

Dorie Greenspan suggested mixing the dough more until it's easy to work with, noting: "The dough should hold together when pinched before you roll it."

Coconut-Lime Sablés, Chocolate Chip Not-Quite Mandelbrot Photo by Nora Downs, Susan D'Amico Morelli

What's your best cookie-making tip?

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Lalu
  • Whiteantlers
I like esoteric facts about vegetables. Author of the IACP Award-nominated cookbook, Cooking with Scraps.


Lalu November 23, 2021
Hi Dorie, I baked off your Caramel Chocolate Chunk Muffin Tin cookies today. They look different; but they taste delicious! However, I did struggle to get them out of the muffin tin (more tasters). Have you tried using the muffin-top tins or muffin tins with removable bottoms?
Whiteantlers April 27, 2017
I rarely bake but I just wanted to say that you have the coolest eye glasses I have ever seen! : )