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Move Over, Cupcakes: The Religieuse Has Arrived

Want to open a bakery in New York? If you want to be successful, you’d better have cupcakes on hand (or, at least, that’s what everybody says). Crumbs, Sprinkles, Butter Lane – ever since the gals of Sex and the City stepped foot in Magnolia, it was as if the cupcake had come to determine dessert shop success. So when French pastry chef Dominique Ansel – formerly of gastro-mecca Daniel – decided to open a patisserie last year, he was, naturally, advised to give cupcakes some thought. And he did…sort of. He liked the possibility they offered; their ability to chameleon into the star spot on any pastry shelf. They were adaptable: add some color, adorn with tschotskes, and – voilà! – your [insert holiday here] treat is served.

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One sign of genius is taking something that already seems perfect and making it even better. Milk and cookies are a match made in heaven, but Dominique Ansel, New York City-based pastry chef and creator of the legendary cronut, elevated the classic pairing to mouthwatering awesomeness when he created these Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Shots.

They’re shots of cold milk served in freshly baked chocolate chip cookie glasses and we can’t stop staring at them. If you’re going to be at SXSW 2014, you’ll have the opportunity to try them on Sunday, March 9th during an Allison+Partners-sponsored event.

Considering the epic lines that still form in New York for cronuts, let’s hope Cookie Monster isn’t attending SXSW. If he’s there, no one else stands a chance of getting any Milk and Cookie Shots for themselves.

[via Kotaku]

Soon after announcing that he’d be bringing his mania-inducing Cronuts to Austin’s SXSW, the NYC pastry chef has revealed via Instagram his latest dessert creation which he’ll debut at the festival: Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Shots. Reps from Dominique Ansel Bakery tell Eater about the inspiration for the dessert — a chocolate cookie “glass” containing a “shot” of milk — came after Ansel tried his first Oreo “a few weeks ago” and was encouraged to eat it with milk, which is not “a natural combination in French culture.”

Figuring that “if everyone was drinking milk with cookies, you might as well make a dessert that allows them both to be combined,” Ansel has created a chocolate chip cookie recipe that “stayed crispy and moist in parts” even as it held milk. (When asked if Ansel would be rolling out the cookie shots at his SoHo bakery, he just said “We’ll see!”) Ansel’s cookie shots will be available during an Allison+Partners-sponsored event on Sunday, March 9. Austin dwellers should probably get in line now. [h/t]

This awesomely adorable little piggy is a tasty religieuse pastry named Penny. The Penny the Pig religieuse is the latest sensational dessert creation by New York-based pastry chef Dominique Ansel (previously featured here). Penny is a double-decker cream puff filled with strawberry jam and rose honey mascarpone cream. If you’re in NYC you’ll find Penny on the new spring menu at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo.

[via Neatorama]