This week, Gilt Taste is pleased as cranberry punch to be hanging out with Christina Tosi and the Momofuku Milk Bar team. Each day, Christina or one of her pastry sous chefs will share some of their dearest family cookie recipes. Have fun sugar-buzzing through the holidays!- Ed.
Cinnamon-Sugar Cookie Squares
Makes approx 150 bite-size cookies
This recipe came from Grandma Rosemary, to Greta Tosi-Miller, to Christina Tosi. With a golden, buttery crust and incredibly tender center, it’s a simple cookie that reminds us of being kids. Dusting it with cinnamon sugar on top makes it magic, but the cookie tastes spectacular plain too, or decorated with colored sugar. At Milk Bar, it’s affectionately called “The Greta” and used as a mix-in to make killer ice cream (we can attest that the scraps are ridiculously good when crumbled on a scoop of vanilla).
½ cup butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup canola oil
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Cinnamon sugar, to garnish*
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 11-by-15-inch pan.
- Mix all the ingredients together with an electric mixer, beginning with the butter, sugar, oil, eggs, milk and finally the dry ingredients.
- Pour into the pan and spread evenly with a metal spatula or knife. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar all over and bake for 20 minutes or until the edges are light brown.
- Allow to rest for 10 minutes, then invert onto a cutting board and cut into bite-size squares.
*To make cinnamon sugar, mix ½ tablespoon of cinnamon for every ¼ cup of sugar.
Photos by Tejal Rao