Saturday, February 18, 2012
Easy to put together, with pantry-available ingredients, they came out more Tuille than Cookie. Too bad I didn't have some Ice Cream or some Mousse... these crispy bites would have been a perfect foil to the cool creaminess. I should have anticipated the delicate, crisp sweetness of these special cookies because they contain 8oz. of Melted Butter. Melting the butter causes the cookies to spread out during baking, and the cup of packed Brown Sugar ensures they will bake up crispy. There is only a cup of AP Flour, one of Dried Coconut, and one of Slivered Almonds. A teaspoon of Baking Soda disolved in two Tablespoons of Boiling Water rounds out the ingredient list.
I think the cookies benefitted from the addition Sparkle Sugar to dress them up... and add a nice crunch. Purely your choice, of course.
I'm still trying to re-create a cookie I had at The Tower of London. There were oats, coconut, dried fruit and minced nuts in a shortbread-ish base. Care to join me on my quest? And, yes... I will get to the two weeks of cookies I owe you. Very soon. Maybe this weekend.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
1 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter
4 oz. melted Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 Large Egg
1 2/3 Cups AP Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Washed Raw Sugar for sprinkling on tops
Wait to preheat oven to 350 until you take the dough out of the refrigerator.
In the bowl of your stand mixer (or a medium-sized mixing bowl) combine the Melted Butter, both the Brown and White Sugars, Peanut Butter, Egg, and Vanilla. Mix on Medium speed until combined. Sift the dry ingredients onto a piece of waxed paper or parchment, then add them to the mixer (always add dry ingredients a little at a time, on low speed) increasing speed to medium and mixing until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 2 minutes. Dough will stick together in a solid mass. Pour the dough out onto the waxed paper and fold the paper to completely cover the ball and place it in the refrigerator for about two hours, until firm.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and place parchment on two half-sheet pans. Now is the time to pre heatthe oven to 350...
Flour your hands then pinch the dough off and roll into 1" balls between your hands. Place the balls about 2" apart on the cookie sheet. When ou have filled the sheet, press the tops of the cookies with the tines of a fork to make the traditional lines in the tops of the Peanut Butter Cookies. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with raw sugar to add crunch, and bake for about 12 minutes, or until goldy-brown. Remove cookes to a rack to cool.
Enjoy with a cold glass of milk !
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
The ingredient list is short and the prep time minimal, so get into the kitchen and whip these up! (You'll understand later why this is such a bad pun. Think eggs.)
Difficulty Rating = Easy
Tools Required = Med-small bowl, Whisk, Stand Mixer (OR Large Bowl and Wooden Spoon), Scale (or measuring cup if you want to convert measurement), Half-Sheet Pan, Parchment, Cooling Rack
Prep Time = 15 min.
Bake Time = 20 min. depending on “chewiness” desired. Bake longer for more crunch.
7 oz. Marzipan paste – one roll if you are using the pre-made kind.
8 oz. Sugar
6 oz. AP Flour
5 oz. Unsweetened Coconut
3 Egg Whites – beaten to ‘frothy’
1 Whole Egg
Pre-heat oven to 375, move rack to center. Cover a half Sheet pan with parchment. Crumble Marzipan into bowl of stand mixer and add the Sugar and Whole egg. Mix (on 2-3) to smooth batter consistency. In a smallish bowl, whisk Egg Whites to Frothy and set aside. Slowly add Flour to stand mixer bowl. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in the Coconut. Fold in the frothy Egg Whites last so you don't lose all the air.
Place large, rounded spoonfuls – use a scoop for consistent size – on cookie sheet. Bake until goldy-brown on the points and the bottom, and very light in the crevasses. About 20 min, depending on oven and your tastes.
Cool on a rack. Store in an airtight container, or freeze up to six months. (Mine never last that long, though!)
Friday, December 30, 2011
This year's cooking focus, should I prove up to it, will be to bake a different sort of cookie each week. Yes, that is 52 different varieties of cookies... and I have no idea what I will do with all of those little morsels of goodness.
I'll bake each Thursday and post each Friday. The posts will have photos of the current batch of cookies, how-to-make-them information, and a review from my "Panel of Test-Eaters". Maybe after the year is up, I'll put them into some sort of hard copy collection for my family. Or not.
The cookie project still needs a name, but it will start on Thursday, January 5th with Almond Macaroons. I'm starting off with these because I will be in Palm Desert taking care of my Dad and giving Larry some well deserved vacation time.
Friday, October 9, 2009
As I was leaving to take Nora's Birthday cake to her on last Friday, Contractor Jim (who is becoming a friend as well as buiding our wonderful new shop) said "So where is my cake?"
I decided to surprise him and make him a chocolate cake this week. It takes me a long time to do a cake, but I do a really good job - Henry calls them my "ten dollar cakes". When I was a bit miffed at that description, he explained that he didn't mean $10 for the whole cake, but $10 per SLICE... like a really good 'White Tablecloth Restaurant' desert! I was mollified. This is the cake I made for Jim's family: a very dense chocolate cake with a raspberry/moscarpone and whipped cream/Chambord filling and a chocolate French Buttercream frosting. Nice.