February 16, 2012 - 12:06am
It's a battle for best cookie at Mimi's Bakery and Café, but with these sweet treats, there is hardly a wrong choice.

Upstate, they’re half moons. Downstate, they’re black and whites. Either way, the cakelike cookies at Mimi’s Bakery and Café on W. Genesee Street claim a local following that began almost 30 years ago. Bakers make the palm-sized treats on site and they come slathered in equal parts real chocolate and vanilla butter cream. Choose between the traditional vanilla cookie base, a denser, chocolate one, or the coconut-sprinkled ones whose covering conjures up fresh snowfall.

March 7, 2011 - 1:06pm
You'll feel like a master host(ess) who can whip these up within ten minutes of your guests' impromptu arrival.

Snickerdoodles aren't the fanciest cookie, but they are among the tastiest and easiest. It's almost embarassing how many times I've invited over friends, realized I had no food, and thrown these together. If your guests are anything like mine, they'll be excited to help you roll the cookies in sugar and cinnamon and pop them in the oven.



1 2/3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature