Chef Mary Boehne hard at work on Cielo's cookies. | Kelsey Power
In her semi-regular column Real Life of a Pastry Chef, pastry sous chef Mary Boehne of Cielo (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800) at the Four Seasons Hotel dishes on secrets of the trade and about the industry as a whole. This week's topic: holiday cookies.
As I have mentioned previously I generally do not bake at home, but I have to make an exception during the holidays. I love getting together with my sister, mom and niece to bake cookies every year. It's not Christmas time without it. I try to keep it a relaxing -- not obsess about perfectly weighed flour or proper creaming technique -- and concentrate on little things, like letting my 3-year-old niece add the chocolate chips to the batter or catching her sneaking a taste while her mom's not looking.
But if you are as OCD a baker at home as I am at work, I'll share a few of my own secrets to perfect cookies and my personal favorite recipe: the gooey butter cake cookie.More »