Sunday, June 23, 2013

Lemon Melting Moments Cookies

One can never eat too many cookies right?
I mean itty bitty cookies like these...
surely count as half a cookie.
Only, there are two cookies sandwiched together...
But an oreo counts as one so surely these are the same.

I saw this recipe a while ago on Pinterest.
And I decided that it was time I tested it out.
In my very technical Suzy Social Worker way...
which is totally spur of the moment.
And based on a bag of lemons in my fridge that are just dying to be used up.

It was fun to try out a recipe from a site I am not familiar with.  
Pinterest is a great place for finding ideas and recipes from new blogs and authors.  
The only problem.  
I get overwhelmed.  
For example- I have 143 cookie ideas pinned to be "Cookie" board.  
143 cookies!!!
So, I think I wanna keep trying out these new recipes.
But, I need some help.  
So, come find me and follow me at my Pinterest page
And let me know what cookie recipe you want me to try next.  

And if you want to try out these cookies- check out this link
Itty Bitty Kitchen made these cookies and they are delicious.
Of course, I did made some small adaptions. 
For example, I used the zest of two lemons for the cookies (they were small lemons)
and the juice of two lemons in the filling. 
I also made these cookie as small as I could and ended up with 18 sandwich cookies.  
And be sure to tell me what cookie you want to see next.
As I cannot keep cookies around me all day- I tend to share them at work.  
So, if you know me come find me soon for some cookies!

Smiles, Marci

Friday, June 14, 2013

Thirty One Cookies... well it was more like 36 cookies to be exact...

I made some cookies for a friend's work party.  
Sometimes I get job envy.
She has the kind of job where she gets to meet cool people.
And entertains important businesses and groups.
Like "Thirty-One". 
Heard of them?  I have. 
I love my large utility tote.  
Anyways, I am getting off track.
I know my friend works very hard at her job, but at times it looks like FUN.
I love my job, but I do not often get to use the words Fun and Social Worker together.
But, I did get to have fun making these cookies.  

They are not perfect.
I am still working on "technique".
But, they were fun to make. 
And I loved the colors.  

So thank you friend for trusting me and supporting me.
I had fun making these cookies.
And I am now a "little" less nervous about making cookies for strangers...
versus friends.
and family.
Who always love your baked goods.  
Even if you started out your love of baking at a young age.
And may have once put salt instead of sugar in a recipe.
And used to eat canned frosting out of a can. (and still does).
Nope scratch that.  I never have done that last one.
And still cannot make a pie crust to save her life.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sugar Crackle Cookies... aka Crack Cookies

I made some cookies for a friend.
Crack Cookies as she calls them.
I like this particular cookie because it is like a store bought cookie
without the store and the preservatives...
They are hard and crunchy on the outside
And crumbly inside. 
A perfect tea or coffee dipping cookie.

My friend disagrees.  
She says you don't need to dunk this cookie in anything. 
Just enjoy it as it is...

Regardless of whether or not you dunk or savor....
This cookie is a unique one. 
And delicious.
It's main flavor is sugar... There is vanilla in the recipe..
But basic sugar cookie flavor is what stands out.

Give this recipe a try and let me know if you are a dunker...
or not!


Sugar Crackle Cookies
1/2 cup butter- room temperature
1/2/ cup shortening
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tarter
1/8 tsp salt
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

Beat butter and shortening in a large bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer.  Beat on med to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add sugar, soda , cream of tarter and salt and beat until combined.  Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until combined.  Last, add flour and mix until incorporated.
Shape into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake in a 300 degree oven for 18-20 minutes.  (In my oven it was closer to 17 minutes).  Bake until tops are crackled and sides are set.  Cool on wire rack.  
Store at room temp in airtight container.  
makes 4-5 dozen