Thanksgiving, Six Ways: Designers Dish on Recipes

WWD asked six designers for the recipes for their signature dishes.

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Zac Posen

Photo By Steve Eichner

Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition. Invariably, we turn to the same comforting habits every year. “I normally decorate a chandelier in my mother’s dining room,” says Zac Posen. Harvey Weinstein swears by his one ritual: “I’ll eat blintzes with turkey,” he says. Michael Bastian, whose father was a basketball coach, has a standing appointment for a family basketball game. “I travel a lot, so it’s the one weekend a year where we always get together,” he says. The same is true in the kitchen. We swear by that one stuffing recipe that’s handed down from our most ancient forefathers and that pumpkin pie grandma used to make. We asked six designers for their signature Thanksgiving dishes.


Zac Posen:
I bake a lot at home. This recipe, my own, is a way to create a more exciting and sumptuous cookie that, albeit rich, is refreshing after a big Thanksgiving meal. The sweetness of the molasses perfectly marries the heartiness of the sesame seeds.

Spiced Thanksgiving Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup almond flower
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup salted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon water
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift all the dry ingredients together. In a larger bowl, mix the sugar and the butter until fluffy. Add the water and molasses. Then add the dry ingredients to form a dough.

Take about a tablespoon-and-a-half of the dough and roll into balls. Slightly flatten with the palm of your hand and place on a tray. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes and allow 5 minutes to cool.


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