Multicultural Wedding in Bel Air

It’s a new year for new beginnings!  With December as the most popular month to get engaged according to TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, there are plenty of future brides who are now flooding their Pinterest boards with wedding ideas.  Planning a wedding is exciting, but let’s face it, the term ‘bridezilla’ exists for a reason.

There are so many details and layers to take into account when planning this once-in-a lifetime event – venue, flowers, food, music…the list goes on and on.  At Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, there are dozens of weddings held each year, and the weddings that take place at the seven-acre Bel Air property can be customized to fit any couple’s wants and needs.

The ability for the property to be so versatile and to serve as a ‘one-stop-shop’ is a huge advantage for clients.  Judith Feldman, the special events director and her team of event and catering managers have created many relationships with vendors, so that the shopping around can be left up to the events team and the bride-to-be’s stress can be alleviated.

Let’s take Simone and Daksh, a beautiful couple who got married two months ago in November at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel.  These two came into each other’s lives so unexpectedly and come from different backgrounds, which made for an interesting, sweet story.

Simone and Daksh

 

Daksh, the groom, made his way into Simone’s life when her close friend met him online through Facebook.  Daksh and Simone’s friend dated, but she soon realized that Simone would be a much better fit.  The two met, and the rest is history.

The couple’s hunt for the perfect Southern California wedding venue came to a pleasant halt when they met with Shatara Watley, one of the special events managers at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel.  “The couple was keen on our property because they live right up the street in the Brentwood/Bel Air area.  With our customizable wedding packages, the couple was able to tailor it to their liking.” said Shatara.  With such distinct backgrounds, it was important to the couple that they honor traditions from their heritages.

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The ceremony, held in The Luxe Terrace, which is a 1500 sq. ft. Mediterranean garden was beautifully garnished with bright colors and traditional decor honoring the groom’s background.  Female guests wore vibrant-colored saris, which beautifully complemented the ceremony.

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The reception was held in the Luxe Sunset Ballroom, which is a stunning 4500 sq. ft. ballroom with seating for up to 300 guests.  When it was time for dinner, the food was definitely not your typical ‘check this box if you want chicken’ type of meal.  Most wedding venues will provide options of set menus, leaving very little room for versatility and customization.  However, Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle of On Sunset was able to create a custom menu to satisfy the couple’s wishes to include traditional dishes from each of their countries.

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The menu consisted of signature dishes from India and Brazil, including a Brazilian fish stew called moqueca de peixe and spicy lamb curry, as lamb is a popular protein in the Indian culture.  For dessert, the couple opted to skip the typical wedding cake and went with a wide assortment of sweet treats.  The evening was wrapped up with a lot of dancing, eating and loved ones.

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At Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, your dream wedding can be a reality.  For more information, please visit http://www.luxehotels.com/sunset/events.

Photos by Amy Williams

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Rodeo Drive Check In: Mark Tronstein

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Everyone knows Rodeo Drive is an epicenter of high fashion, as millions of travelers flocking to Beverly Hills every year to check out the latest fashion trends being showcased on the world-renowned street. But what is behind the success of Rodeo Drive?

Mark Tronstein, principal of Rodeo Drive Associates, long-time property owner in Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, member of the Rodeo Drive Committee and one of the largest land owners on Rodeo Drive, is one of the many committed members who has helped make the street the success it is today.

We sat down with Mark to discuss Rodeo Drive’s allure as a shopping destination, Beverly Hills’ upcoming 100th birthday in 2014, and the street’s transformation over the years.

There are many famous shopping streets around the world – 5th Avenue in New York City, Champs Elysées in Paris, etc. How do you think Rodeo Drive compares to other world shopping destinations?
The biggest difference I see is that Rodeo Drive is only two and a half blocks long, which I think gives it a charm that none of the other world renown shopping streets have. It’s not as daunting as 5th Avenue in New York; you can really enjoy your walk up and down the drive. It’s truly a beautiful, maintained street with one of a kind offerings.

Many of the internationally known retailers have their flagship stores here- there are many lines and items found in the stores here that you won’t find other locations.

There is also a brand associated with Rodeo Drive that, in my view, surpasses that of other shopping destinations. Whether it’s seen in the media or elsewhere, the Rodeo Drive brand is quite powerful.

Can you speak to the street’s success as a world famous shopping destination after many decades?
There are so many great international brands on the street that you may not be able to find in other large shopping destinations in Los Angeles. The retailers here have distinctive sales strategies and marketing plans that are unique to this area and may not be as successful if mimicked in other retailer destinations elsewhere.

Furthermore, retailers continue to invest in Rodeo Drive by upgrading and redesigning their stores, which demonstrates their commitment to the street. Notwithstanding, there are so many people who contribute to the vibrancy of the street, including city officials, the Rodeo Drive Committee, the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau, residents, the store managers, other landowners and, of course, the clientele (to name a few).

What is the importance of having a hotel on the street?
The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is at the center of Rodeo Drive, and what makes it more unique is that it serves as a wonderful amenity for not only those who travel from far distances to Rodeo Drive, but also for the locals and residents. I can’t tell you the number of times I have come to sit out here on the patio at On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge’s to people watch and have a cup of coffee or a drink. There are not a lot of amenities located on Rodeo Drive, and you can’t find this experience anywhere else. I have also held many events on the penthouse of the hotel, which has a fantastic view of the entire city. It’s convenient, parking is easy and accessible, and you can’t host a rooftop event anywhere else on the street.

The Beverly Hills Centennial is fast approaching. Where do you think the street is going to be headed over the next 100 years?
First off, I have to congratulate the city on its 100th year birthday. The significance of the event and the people who helped shape Beverly Hills into what it is today cannot be overlooked. Second, I can’t predict where the street will be headed over the next 100 years, but I can say that I am for whatever will make the street more vibrant. Rodeo Drive is really the cornerstone of the Beverly Hills community and it’s not without the effort of everyone here, like the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel to make it such.

It’s amazing the transformation Rodeo Drive has had over the past 100 years. Going forward, the key will be for stakeholders to have a shared vision and work selflessly together for the betterment of the street. If I can do something to help my neighbor thrive, and their neighbor thrive, then I’m betting that it will come back to me in spades. Who would have thought that when my father bought a gas station at the corner of Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way in the 1970s, the street would look like it does today? It’s truly astonishing the change that has taken place on this street since then, and I look very forward to doing whatever I can to enhance the preeminence and longevity of the street. We are all very blessed to have a hand in shaping the future of Rodeo Drive.

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Luxe Dessert Toppings: Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Sugar Cookies

Any time is a good time of the year to include fresh and flavorful fruits in your dessert recipes.  This recipe strawberry cream cheese frosting adds fun color and flavor that are sure to dress up your favorite sugar cookies.  Keep in mind you can use any other berry you would like to change things up.

Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle shows us how to make delicious strawberry cream cheese frosting from the kitchen of the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel.

Frosting

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep time: 10 minutes

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup strawberries

Instructions

  • Blend cream cheese, good quality butter, powdered sugar and strawberries in a food processor. The longer it blends in the processor, the smoother the frosting will be. Run the frosting through a sieve to remove unwanted seeds.
  • Add sprinkles or colored sugar to add festivity.

Tip: This frosting would go great with Chef Olivier’s cookie recipes.  Check out our previous posts for these awesome recipes:

  • Cookies with Fruit Puree
  • Heart-Shaped Cookies
  • Sugar Cookies in a Jar

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Inside the Brooks Brothers Flagship Store on Rodeo Drove with Jim Jahant

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As we continue our interview series with store owners and managers on the iconic and world-renown shopping street, Rodeo Drive, we sat down with Brooks Brothers General Manager, Jim Jahant, who is also president of the Rodeo Drive Committee, to hear his thoughts.

Jahant shared what it is like to be a part of world-renown premiere luxury-shopping destination for well over a decade, as well as changes that have occurred over that time, the exciting events he has witnessed and the ongoing glitter that defines the location.

How does Rodeo Drive sustain its worldwide glamorous reputation?
Its very location is a magnet for the entertainment industry and the fashion industry. Retailers find themselves on some of the highest price per square foot real estate in Los Angeles County, if not the highest, so clearly it’s a hot spot where people flock to…

It retains its iconic reputation because many of the stores are flagship stores. Quite a few of them, including Brooks Brothers, offer merchandise that is exclusive to the street and therefore not available anywhere in the world or stock merchandise that’s being tested before it is widely distributed to other stores for a specific brand.

Our very active Rodeo Drive Committee is comprised of about 77 store managers who come together, monthly, to plan events. Collectively, store managers evaluate current and past events and their successes; plan new programs/events geared to attracting expanded traffic; and plan and implement media approaches for added visibility. In these meetings, store managers challenge each other to be creative in their thinking and expand their horizons.

Where are your favorite places to shop?
I particularly like the many exquisite jewelry stores. We also have some of the finest women’s stores and definitely some of the finest men’s stores. In reality there isn’t anything you can’t find except a car. We don’t have an automotive dealership, but we have some of the most spectacular cars in the world driving around for all to see!

How has managing a retail store in such a luxurious location influenced your personal style?
It certainly is a challenge to work with such a high level clientele as the customers of Brooks Brothers. It raises the bar for developing lasting relationships. For one thing, we are a classic clothing store, so everything we carry is timeless, but get updated as fashion trends change. I, myself, always wear the latest Brooks Brothers fashion. Everything I own is from the store, so everything I wear is Brooks Brothers, even when I’m not at the store.

Who are your favorite personalities that are Brooks Brothers’ customers?
We are very fortunate, for our customers range from Fortune 500 executives and international leaders to entertainment industry celebrities. We also work very closely with several of the local studios and production companies to provide wardrobes for television shows and movies. Brooks Brothers is responsible for dressing the cast of Mad Men. And, of course, Brooks Brothers did all of the costumes for the male actors in the recent Great Gatsby movie. The female actors were all in Prada and the jewelry was Tiffany & Co. We actually had a collection available for purchase in the store that was inspired by the movie. Additionally, we created a glittery display of all of the costumes from the movie in the store.

What do you foresee in the near future? What about the next five or 10 years?
I absolutely see this premiere luxury shopping destination growing. It will retain its reputation and expand on it. The media enthusiasm has helped our Committee to expand awareness and visibility. As an example, when we do an event, whether it is Concours d’Elegance or Walk of Style or Fashion’s Night Out, we secure millions of press impressions in the global media. This is sustainable and, with added creative events and programs, it should expand. Some sources have quoted retail sales for the street totaling more than $450 million annually, which equates to more than a million dollars in sales each day. With all the expanded programs, this is sure to grow.

What are your proudest accomplishments on the Rodeo Drive Committee?
I must say, the Concours d’Elegance. It’s a car show that we always host on Father’s Day, and it’s without a doubt my favorite event. Last Father’s Day, we had more than 35,000 people attend the event. Brooks Brothers has always been a sponsor of the event and hosts a luncheon for all of the car owners. It’s definitely the big event that I enjoy the most, but that could be because I’m a car buff.

And on a personal side, tell us a bit about being a car buff.
My dream car as a young kid was always a Corvette. I don’t need a Ferrari. I’d just like a polo green convertible Corvette. Currently I drive an S550 Mercedes. I wouldn’t trade it in for a Corvette even if someone offered it to me. Not that I wouldn’t want it, but only as a weekend car — in addition to the Mercedes.

Car Show 2013

Are any new events planned?
Well, we want to keep the events we currently have fresh and exciting, but we’re also adding new events that appeal to more people. This October for the first time, we held the Festival of Watches. It’ll be a showcase of all the watches that one can buy in our two and a half blocks. It’ll be a spectacular event because we probably have the biggest variety of high-end watches, worldwide.

What event are you most looking forward to in the next year?
It is a philanthropy event we are doing in conjunction with Town and Country magazine in December that should prove to have wide participation. Each of the participating stores will select a charity they wish to benefit, and a portion of their proceeds during a specific time period, will be donated to that charity of choice. Brooks Brothers will be participating and, at this point, we are planning to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

What is your favorite thing about Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel?
Location, location, location… When you think about it, there are several hotels near Rodeo Drive or adjacent to the street, but Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is right in the center of it all, the only one actually on Rodeo Drive. I also really enjoy the after-work culture at the hotel. It is part of the community, where many resident and visitors alike, stop by after work to just to schmooze, relax and enjoy a drink, appetizer or dinner. I also am impressed that everyone who works at the hotel is so hospitable. From the doorman who opens the door for me even when I’m still a few feet away and greets me by name, to the bartender who starts pouring my drink as I’m sitting down at my table because he knows what I want. It’s a friendly place…

As a final point, Brooks Brothers has encouraged all associates that travel from the East Coast, to stay at the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, and apparently we have heard only raves about their stay, often citing the warmth of the place, the service, the comfort and the convenience — walking distance from “everything.”

When speaking with people traveling to Los Angeles for the first time, what would you tell them to encourage a visit to Rodeo Drive?
I think just using the words “Rodeo Drive” would convince them. When I talk to people in Australia or China or India or Japan, and I mention Rodeo Drive, they immediately know what I’m talking about, and they’re interested. They know the street is in Beverly Hills, but they know its reputation apart from Beverly Hills as well. They have questions about the stores, the fashions and the celebrities that mingle throughout the crowds.

Are there any changes you would like to suggest?
I would actually suggest that it become a pedestrian street. I would like to create an ambiance and culture where people could spend a leisure time just perusing the stores, window-shopping, sipping a wine, enjoying a dessert and making this destination a day- long “affair.”

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Heart-Shaped Cookies You’re Sure to Love

It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to surprise your loved one with heart-shaped cookies.  This cream cheese cookie recipe from Luxe Sunset Boulevard’s Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle will win over anyone’s heart as well as their taste buds.

Heart shaped cookie

Heart-Shaped Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep time: 30 minutes / Bake time: 8 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup colored sugar
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Combine butter, cream cheese, flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt.  Mix until a smooth dough is formed.
  • Let the dough rest for 20 minutes before rolling it out.
  • Roll out the dough ½ an inch thick.  Then cut individual cookies with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • Lay cookies on a sheet pan and bake at 350⁰F for 8 minutes.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and brush them with butter while they are still warm. This allows the colored sugar to stick to the cookies.
  • Pour colored sugar into a small bowl and dip the cookie into the bowl with the buttered side facing down. This helps prevent your fingers from becoming colored and sticky.

Wrapping tip: Place cookies into a wide-mouthed mug and tie a colorful piece of twine around the mug.

This “love-ly” recipe can be used for any occasion, by using different shaped cookie cutters and colored sugars.  Enjoy!

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Cookies with a Twist: Flaky Sour Cream Cookies

Flaky Sour Cream Cookies

Tired of your traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe? Try this delicious cookie concoction by Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s Executive Chef, Olivier Rousselle.  Chef Olivier shares his amazing recipe and handy tricks for Flaky Sour Cream Cookies.

Flaky Sour Cream Cookies

Prep time: 15 minutes / Bake time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. butter
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 oz. honey
  • 4 oz. melted chocolate (use any type you like)

Instructions

Tip:  Using a food processor for this recipe will give you the best results.  If you have one, use it!

  • Add cream cheese, butter, baking powder, flour and honey into the food processor.
  • Blend the dough for about 20 seconds or until completely mixed and smooth.
  • Roll the cookie dough into a cylinder about 1 ½ inches in diameter.  Cut into pieces about one-inch thick.
  • Place pieces onto the sheet pan and bake at 375⁰F for 12 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from oven and let them cool.
  • Dip the top of the cookie in melted chocolate. Tip: Add sprinkles, crushed nuts or fondant shapes for extra flare.

 

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Healthy Baking Tips: Cut Down the Sugar!

Happy Halloween!

With all the sugar flying around during this holiday, we want to share with you a tip to cut down the calories in the kitchen.  This week, Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle shows us how to make cookies with a fruit puree.  Baking cookies with fruit puree is a great way to cut back on the amount of sugar in your recipe.

Fruit Puree Cookies

Baking Cookies with Fruit Puree

Prep time: 15 minutes / Bake time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup oil
  • 4 oz. butter
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cup apple sauce
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup almond meal

Instructions

  • Whisk the eggs and gently add brown sugar, almond meal, butter, oatmeal, and yogurt. Tip: Using non-fat yogurt could be a great way to cut back on the calories without cutting back on the taste.
  • Add the fruit puree of your choice.  Tip:  Using apple sauce as the fruit puree component saves time and is easy to find at any grocery store.
  • Add a oil to smooth out the consistency. Although the recipe calls for a half cup of oil, you can cut it to 1/4 cup.
  • Pour batter into a mini muffin tin. Fill each well about 3/4 and bake at 375⁰F for 12 minutes. When these cookies bake, they will resemble mini cupcakes in shape.

Decoration

These cookies will appear like mini cupcakes after baking, so you can dress them up with decorations such as fruit puree, colored sugar, frosting, or powdered sugar.  Another great suggestion is to use Chef Olivier’s 10-minute recipe for strawberry cream cheese frosting:

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup strawberries

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients and blend together until smooth.

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Gather Up Your Family For A Different Thanksgiving Experience At Luxe Hotels

Thanksgiving is a happy time, a family time, a warm and fuzzy time. But oh! the work it takes to get that unyielding turkey just right, not overcooked and dry, but moist and scrumptious! How about the stuffing? And then there still is the flavorful pumpkin pie, not to speak of all trimmings and the work to create an exquisite festive table that fits the setting of the day. Think of the whirlwind of tasks that can take days to complete before the family sits down around the table and inhales the meal in 20 minutes. And don’t even think of the cleanup or your day will be ruined!

Holidays should be easier than this and less stressful.

Here’s an idea…

For 2013’s Thanksgiving holiday, gather up the extended family kids and grandparents and all treat yourself and all to an urban retreat at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Bel Air. For the holiday, the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel is offering a special Thanksgiving package that includes: an Executive Junior Suite, four course dinner for two at On Sunset restaurant, daily American breakfast for two, and daily complimentary valet parking all for $350. The package also includes 30% off a second guestroom if you decide to bring some extended family on your vacation. The thought of a little getaway from the chaos of Thanksgiving has never sounded so sweet!

Not interested in an overnight stay, but looking for some Thanksgiving relief in the form of someone else preparing your Turkey Day meal? Come over and bring them all to dine at either the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s On Sunset restaurant or the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel’s On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge for a delectable Thanksgiving feast prepared by Luxe Hotels Executive Chef, Olivier Rousselle and On Rodeo’s chef David Padilla, respectively.

At On Sunset, enjoy a delicious traditional feast with Chef Olivier’s twist on your favorite Thanksgiving items, such as a savory starter item like the organic butternut squash and Fuji apple soup… or Rousselle’s mouth watering main course roasted free range turkey with an aromatic brioche pine nut stuffing with potato gratin, candied yam, chestnut casserole and homemade cranberry sauce and Luxe’s turkey gravy.

Or,  saunter over to Beverly Hills and have a unique Thanksgiving dining experience at On Rodeo on the iconic Rodeo Drive with some Thanksgiving meal favorites paired with our wonderful wine selections, like the creamy squash soup with house made crème fraiche, paired with a 2009 Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz… or for the main course, the roasted turkey served with brussel sprouts seasoned with bacon lardon, apple cider and chili flakes, traditional stuffing, brown butter mashed potatoes and a house-made country gravy, paired with a 2010 Buena Vista Sauvignon Blanc. For savvy shoppers, this is the perfect Thanksgiving destination to check out what’s happening on Rodeo Drive for Black Friday.

Why not have a different experience at this year’s Thanksgiving –whether you choose an overnight serene escape or just a quiet dinner prepared by gourmet chefs specifically for you and your family at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel and the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel.

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s Thanksgiving room package is valid only November 24 through December 2. To learn more about the Thanksgiving package and book, check out: http://www.luxehotels.com/sunset/offers/sunset-seasonal-and-holiday-packages/thanksgiving-package

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s On Sunset Thanksgiving meal is available from 12pm to 9pm on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations can be made by calling 310-691-7584, emailing dining@luxehotels.com. Check out the full menu at: http://www.luxehotels.com/sunset/onsunset

Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel’s On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge Thanksgiving meal will be served from 3pm to 8pm on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations can be made by calling 310-273-0300, emailing reception@luxehotels.com, or visiting opentable.com. Check out the full menu at: http://www.luxehotels.com/rodeodrive/dining

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Kolaches Made Easy with Chef Olivier

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Cities all around Europe and the U.S. hold annual Kolache Festival celebrations. Why not have kolache cookies at your next celebration?

The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle shows us how to make baking kolache cookies easy.

Kolaches with Cream Cheese & Fruit

Prep time: 30 mintues / Bake time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 oz. strawberry jam (homemade or store-bought)

Instructions

  • Add flour, cream cheese, butter, baking powder, and sugar in the food processor. Tip: Using good quality butter is key to making good quality as well as great tasting cookies.
  • Blend all of these ingredients together until they form a smooth texture.  Allow the dough to rest for 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle flour on your work surface so that the dough does not stick.
  • Pinch off small pieces of the dough and roll them in your hands to make small balls.  Place the balls onto a sheet pan and softly pat down so that they do not roll around and maintain their shape while they bake.
  • Dip your finger in water and press into the center of each ball, creating a small crater.
  • Spoon the jam into the crater.
  • Bake cookies at 275⁰F for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Allow cookies to cool before eating.

Bon appetit!

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The Secret to Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

Tis the season to be jolly and enjoy your favorite holiday treats, like oatmeal raisin cookies!  Cuddle up with this recipe containing lovely Fall ingredients like cinnamon and nutmeg, and pair with your favorite warm beverage.

Luxe Sunset Boulevard’s Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle shares his recipe for whole wheat oatmeal cookies.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookies

Prep time: 20 minutes / Bake time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts

Instructions

  • Add and blend butter, white and brown sugar, whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and egg.  Blend until the consistency is doughy, yet coarse.
  • Transfer the dough into a bowl and mix in oatmeal, raisins and mixed nuts by hand.  Tip: Pistachios, slivered almonds and whole pecans can be alternative ingredients.

  • Roll the dough into small balls and place on a floured sheet pan.  Lightly pat the balls of dough.
  • Place the cookies in the oven and bake at 375⁰F for 15 minutes.

Voila!

 

 

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