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Le Festival Du Cookie in Paris

Meryle Evans - December 3rd, 2013

While Americans remain obsessed with le macaron, guests at the soignée Hôtel Le Meurice in Paris are munching on an array of sophisticated cookies created by the hotel's newly anointed head pâtissier, Cédric Grolet. His intense flavor combinations, as imaginative as the macaron, range from mango with mango preserves to candied orange with dried jasmine flower filling.

The Festival, inspired by our U.S. Cookie Day, December 4, actually began last summer with a teaser: a cookie of the month, served at tea in Le Meurice's Le Dali restaurant. For the grand finale, from now to mid-December, Grolet and his 20 member crew are rolling out a cornucopia of cookies, including Guanaja chocolate chip, candied lemon peel sprinkled with "sour sugar" (made with citric acid), and the eponymous crushed pistachio Meurice.

If you can't make it to Paris to sample Grolet's handiwork, try one of his recipes by opening the "box of magic cookies" on the website, click on the correct cookie, and voilà, a treat for Cookie Day.