One Girl Cookies: Recipes for Cakes, Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, and Cookies from Brooklyn's Beloved Bakery

One Girl Cookies: Recipes for Cakes, Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, and Cookies from Brooklyn's Beloved Bakery

by Dawn Casale, David Crofton


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One Girl Cookies shares more than 50 recipes from the popular New York City bakery of the same name, as well as the sweet story behind its beginnings.

Tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined street in Brooklyn, New York, is One Girl Cookies: a charming bakery and café whose owners have created what they call an Urban Mayberry. This dessert destination—famous for its gorgeous bite-sized cookies, amazingly moist cakes, seasonal pies and tarts, and dangerously addictive whoopie pies—started simply, with one girl baking cookies out of a tiny apartment.

From simple old-fashioned confections such as Lemon Bars and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Spiced Oat Crumble to modern treats like Orange Butter Drops with Shredded Coconut and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Spiced Filling, the recipes featured here will impress and delight anyone lucky enough to get a taste. With beautiful color photos and tips for wrapping and gift-giving, One Girl Cookies will become a cherished addition to every passionate baker’s kitchen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307720481
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

DAWN CASALE and DAVID CROFTON are the owners of One Girl Cookies in Brooklyn, New York, which has been featured in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Real Simple, among other publications. They live in Brooklyn with their son, Nate. Visit them at

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Fresh Pumpkin Pie with Salty Roasted Pepitas

I love pumpkin pie so much that I’ve requested it as my birthday “cake” every year since I was about thirteen. I happen to have been born in October, so that helps my choice make some sense. I am also fortunate enough to be married to Dave, whom I refer to as a pie guru. The point is, I’ve eaten a lot of pumpkin pie, so I know what I’m talking about when I say that this is the best pumpkin pie ever. If someone feels otherwise, I am ready for a throwdown, because I can guarantee that their version does not have a grainy cornmeal crust and salty, crunchy pumpkin seeds on top. And without those elements, there’s just no match.

Makes one 9-inch pie
1 1 ⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
1 ⁄4 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon table salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 tablespoons ice water
1 large egg yolk
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
½ teaspoon table salt
1 ⁄4 teaspoon canola oil
1 ½ cups half-and-half
2 large eggs
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
3⁄4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon table salt
Pinch of ground cloves
1. To make the crust, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse 4 or 5 times, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the ice water and egg yolk. Add the egg mixture to the food processor, and pulse until the crumbs begin to climb the side of the bowl and hold their shape when pressed together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Using your hands—and a little muscle—form the dough into a 5-inch-diameter disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour before rolling.

3. Unwrap the dough, and using a rolling pin, roll it out on a lightly floured work surface to form an 11-inch circle. Working quickly and carefully, line a 9-inch pie dish with the dough. With your fingertips, make sure that the edge of the pie is smooth and even. Refrigerate it for 20 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

5. Remove the pie dish from the refrigerator. Line the crust with tin foil, making sure to cover the sides, and fill it with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 15 minutes. Rotate the dish and bake for another 15 minutes, or until the sides are somewhat firm and hold their shape.
Remove the foil and bake for 6 minutes, until the bottom of the crust looks dry and the shell is a very pale golden color. Remove the dish from the oven and let the crust cool. Leave the oven on.

6. To make the pepitas, stir together the pumpkin seeds, salt, and oil in a small bowl. Scatter the seeds onto a small baking sheet and toast in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until the seeds are slightly toasted. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the pepitas cool.

7. To make the filling, mix together the half-and-half and eggs in a medium bowl. Add the pumpkin puree and mix well. Then add the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves, and mix well. The filling will be very runny. Pour the filling into the pie shell. Sprinkle the pepitas on the filling.

8. Bake for 25 minutes. Rotate the dish and bake for 20 more minutes, or until the center of the pie jiggles just a bit when you touch the oven rack. Transfer the dish to a wire rack and let the pie cool completely.

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One Girl Cookies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Good Stuff Recipes are delicious -- the whoopie pies were shared with neighbors and co-workers and EVERYONE (well except for Jake that is) loved them - Wife actually made them too -- its my favorite thing she has made so far Good variety of baked goods to make Introduction is a little long winded for people like me who don't like to read, but book addict wife enjoyed the story. Wife really enjoyed this one so much that when she goes to New York in June she is going to visit the bakery (and she better bring back lots for me since I will be watching the kids by myself) The directions in the recipe make sense and are easy to follow The pictures of the finished product are simple, yet elegant and make you want to make them Nice introduction to each of the recipes I want to make quite a few of the recipes from this one. We actually bought the ingredients this weekend to make 3 more of the recipes. I will add the pictures as we make them. Tonight we are making the healthy Multigrain Muffin recipe that actually looks like it tastes good Packaging ideas is a nice added bonus There is a recipe for homemade butter (Which I have actually done by accident)The Not So Good Stuff More pictures would have been nice (that's for the wife --she LOVES to read, but gets all cranky if there aren't enough pictures in a recipe book -- hmm really makes sense doesn't it) Many of the recipes are time consuming and use a lot of ingredients which may turn off more basic bakers Do you have any idea how hard it is to find Dulce De Leche, Hawaiian Sea Salt and Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder in Bolton -- trust me I spent a lot of money on gas going from store to storeFavorite Recipes Rich Chocolate Cake with Salty Dulce de Leche & Hazelnut Brittle - Pg 73Multigrain Muffins - Pg 125Pineapple Upside Down Cake - Pg 58Toasted Almond Coconut Macaroons - Pg 20Almond Spirals - Pg 41Banana Whoopie Pies with Dulce de Leche Filling - Pg 80Homemade Butter - Pg 129Who Should/Shouldn't Use More for the intermediate to advanced baker With patience a beginner baker could make, but wouldn't recommend it4.5 Dewey's I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review -- I will make you something nice from this for the OLA (Not the whoopie cookies though -- would be too hard to transport)
Madsgal More than 1 year ago
Great book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great recipies.