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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Italian Cream Cookies

This post is a little short this week. Company, hurt back, etc. These really are yummy!

Italian Cream Cookie
I saw a recipe for Italian Carnival  Cookies and I thought they looked wonderful. Pale little cookies, covered in sprinkles. What is not to like. Well, they did not exactly turn out from the recipe given. So I tweeked it. This is the a good recipe. My special taster just kept eating them!

Makes: 6 dozen using a 2 inch cutter

6 1/2 cups "00" flour (available here at King Arthur)
12 tablespoon potato starch 
1 pound, minus 2 tablespoons, butter 
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 large egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream (more or less)
sprinkles. (LOTS)

Let butter soften at room temp for about a half hour. Hard butter is not good for this
In a mixer, mix all dry flour, starch, and powdered sugar. Add egg yolks (one at a time)
Add butter in pieces. it will look crumbly. 
With mixer running, add cream, about 1/2 cup at a time until the dough looks like a nice dough. 
Divide dough in quarters, wrap dough in plastic wrap, chill for an hour in the fridge
Remove only the dough you are going to roll out, leave the rest in the fridge
Roll dough on a floured board till it is about 1/2 inch thick. 
Cut out dough with a pretty little cutter (about 1 inch) 
Brush tops of cut out dough circles with water, dip damp tops in sprinkles to cover completely. 
Freeze cookies for about 15 minutes (can be really really close in the freezer) Transfer cookies to a parchment lined cookie sheet when ready to bake
Heat oven to 350
Bake for 19 minutes. Till bottoms are just brown.  Let cool on pan for about 2 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Different Kind of Molasses Cookie

Pomegranate Molasses Cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
14 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 cup butter
1/2 cup pomegranate molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pistachios

Preheat oven to 375
In a mixing bowl, combine four, baking soda and salt. Set aside
In the mixing bowl of your mixer, cream butter, sugar, pomegranate molasses and vanilla. 
In three batches, add flour (I just dumped it in)  Mix till just combined.
Fold in pistachios. 

Use the medium scoop, the one that was on the smallish side, drop onto parchment lined baking sheets. 
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. 
Cool for a few minutes on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 
Makes 4 dozen cookies. 

Pomegranate molasses is a mid east item and can be found at places that stock that type of food. I found my molasses at Borracchini's bakery in Seattle.  Not only are the cannoli incredible, they stock specialty Italian foods, home made pastas and gelato! They have now started to stock mid east specialties too.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Minty Greens!


Minty Greens
1/3 cup butter
1 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon mint extract
1 teaspoon green food coloring
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 12 ounce package dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375
Mix butter and shortening.  Add sugars, eggs, mint extract, green food coloring, and vanilla. 
In a separate bowl,  blend flour, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture.   Beat until well blended
Add dark chocolate chips and stir to combine.  I added a secret ingredient, 1/2 a cup of the chocolate mint hot chocolate from William Sonoma. It is just bittersweet chocolate flakes, flavored with mint. I had some I needed to use and it added freckles to the cookies. 
Using the medium scoop, scoop out onto parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.
Makes 4 dozen cookies. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Coconut Thumbprints

Coconut Thumbprints

1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks), softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
pinch salt
3 tablespoons coconut milk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 tablespoon water
14 ounce package of shredded coconut
Jam of your choice

Cream the butter, add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Beat until well combined.  Add flour and a pinch of salt. Blend well, as it is coming together add 3 tablespoons coconut milk.
Place dough onto plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes

In a small bowl, blend egg, 2 tablespoons coconut milk and water. Put the coconut in another bowl.  Make sure it is not lumpy.

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment
Using a medium scoop, make dough balls. Dip into coconut mixture. Roll in flaked coconut. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
With your thumb, make an indent in the cookie. Fill with jam. It does not take much. I use Lon's old baby spoon to fill them.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until coconut starts to look toasted!
Make 3 1/2 dozen.