A Sweet New Cookie Shop in Essex Market

A Sweet New Cookie Shop in Essex Market

Dish #23, French-American shortbread from a cookie master

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Cookies, $2.50 to $3 each

Beurre & Sel is a tiny counter set among the stalls of Essex Market, calling to passersby with a small menu of seasoned, butter-rich shortbread. Mother and son duo Dorie and Josh Greenspan opened the shop last week, where they're selling beautiful cookies with crisp, browned edges and golden centers.

Plain sabl├ęs are about the size of biscuits, sweet and salted, with a sparkling, sugar-encrusted top. They are lovely with a small, strong, coffee in the afternoon. And there are others to explore, like the chocolate-studded espresso -- fine and sandy -- and a wonderfully chewy blondie flecked with caramel.

The savory sesame cookies ($10 a packet) will make an excellent addition to cocktail hour, or a nice hostess gift, if you can resist polishing them off on your way home. Good luck with that.

Beurre & Sel 120 Essex Street 917-632-3239

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