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The most requested recipe this year !

The Cookie King Version of The Christmas Spinach Tree Appetizer !


2 sheets puff pastry

2 extra-large eggs

16 ounces Ricotta Cheese

1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

2 10 ounce packages frozen spinach

Kosher Salt & fresh ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

10 green pimento stuffed olives, sliced

Cook the spinach in 1/2 cup water with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg for five minutes.  Drain very well and squeeze out as much water as possible.

Mix the spinach, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, one egg, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.


Lay out one sheet of the puff pastry and roll out to sixteen inches long and 12 inches wide.

Using a ruler, trace out a tree shape as pictured above.  Trim off any extra pastry, and keep aside for use later.  Beat the remaining egg with one tablespoon water and brush the pastry.  Pat the filling into a tree shape leaving a half inch border all the way around.

Roll out the remaining sheet of pastry, brush the half inch edge with egg wash and lay the pastry sheet over the filling, use your fingers to seal the edge all around.  Trim off the extra pastry and keep aside.  Brush the entire surface with egg wash.

Using a one inch ruler mark a stem down the center for a “do not cut” area.

Using the ruler as a guide, and a very sharp knife, cut tree branches all the way through.


Starting at the lower branch, twist in a downward motion as pictures.  Brush all exposed spinach areas with egg wash.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, rotating the pan half way through.

I bake on parchment paper, it is easier to remove from the sheet and browns the puff pastry !

Using the left over pastry, cut out decorations as desired.  I like stars in several sizes, a bow, and a package for the base.

Bake cut outs on parchment paper on a separate sheet.

Decorate as desired.


Hope you all enjoy !

Here are some pictures from The Cookie King open house!


As always a completely edible Cookie Centerpiece !


It’s all about “The Food”


Brie Cheese topped with Deviled Egg Mousse and Chives!

The Deviled Egg Mousse in Phylo Cups ready to be topped with Caviar !

If you have not tried this combo yet, it is a proven winner !


Cookie King Cheese Crackers “Monterey Jack with Japelenos” filled with maple bacon cream!


Cannellini Bean, Pesto, and Roma Tomato Roll ups !


Antipasto !


Lemon, Cranberry Cheesecake Bars!

Fruitcake Cookies (from the book)


Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches!

Nutella Cream Filling, Crushed maple roasted peanuts !


Rosemary Roasted Cashews !


Chocolate Linzer Torts with Apricot & Raspberry Fillings


And it would not be Beaufort without fresh local Shrimp!

Roasted with EVOO salt & pepper

& Horseradish Cocktail Sauce !


The Cookie King Completely Edible Centerpiece created for “The Villa Arcadia” in Toms River, NJ  Gingerbread Kings, Strouffli Wreaths, Three Dimensional Poinsetta Cookies, Snowflake Butter Cookies, Mocha Ginger Cookies, and White Chocolate Bark





Baking Cookie King Cookies from The Book !   With Joe Leone & His Family and Friends in Point Pleasant, NJ 

Thank you all for a great evening !



Thank You

DPM Shore Solutions Dee Pellegrino & Richard Scott

For a Great Event

Mary Ann Esposito & Joe Leone


The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts


Ocean County College

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Chef Dennis Melia & His Students

Ocean County Vocational Technical School

For an unforgettable day ! 






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Robert Merten

The Book Loft’s Press Release !


White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ten Dozen delivered to A Lucky Recruit at Parris Island !

For His Birthday !

Cookie King Thanks all our Military for their service  !



Thank You Book Lady !

Your support is greatly appreciated !

And We look forward to future events !


The Cookie King is Coming to Savannah, GA  !

One Day Only

Saturday June 18th 2016

The Book Lady Bookstore

6 E Liberty Street


Twelve Noon  !

Please Join Us at The Coffee Bar for a Cookie King Sample !

The Cookie King wishes everyone a 

Merry Christmas


A Healthy and Happy New Year!


The Cookie King is coming to

New Jersey!

One Day only, Monday September 14. 2015

Please join us for coffee, tea, and of course Cookies!

600 Main B&B and Victorian Tea Room

600 Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753

from 2 – 7 pm

Sue & John Notte, Innkeepers Extraordinaire!

Robert will be available to personalize all books purchased!

please RSVP by September 6, 2015 as space is limited! or 843-271-3230

Portions of the proceeds to benefit

The Ocean County Historical Society!

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The Historic Thomas Mathis House

Thank you, North of the Broad!


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