Critique my cookie list
So for my wedding I am making a cookie bar. Guests will be supplied with some kind of container so they can go and pick whichever cookies take their fancy. I'll be making up the dough's next week, freezing them and baking them the day before the wedding, so here's my list;
1. Flourless peanut butter cookies
2. All butter shortbread
3. Chocolate chip cookies
4. Amaretto cookies
5. Coconut date balls
6. Lemon and rosemary cookies
I'm undecided on a 7th, which is a triple chocolate cookie.
Should I maybe include something else? I'm not sure if I have hit the right bases and perhaps if I have missed any classic flavours that are always favourites. Throw your thoughts at me!
Definitely a Pittsburgh tradition. I attended a wedding there several weeks ago and the elaborate cookie table was incredible. Thanks, FlyerFan, for posting the article. The most popular were the lady locks, sometimes called clothes pin cookies. They take some practice, but they're worth the time and effort.
Best wishes on your upcoming wedding. I think your seventh choice for a super-chocolatey cookie is great - I kept looking for something like that in your list of six. My concern is are you going to have time to do all of this baking on the day before your wedding? I'm guessing that you either really have your act together, you've delegated almost all of the wedding issues, or maybe are having a simple wedding that won't require all of the crazy hair-pulling last-minute issues to deal with (if so, kudos to you)...
I think another concern is mixing the cookies. I'm not sure if these cookies are to be consumed at your wedding or reception, but if they are to be brought home as a wedding favor, I'm thinking strong aromas from rosemary and coconut - possibly Amaretto - might affect the other less- assertive cookies? If so, zip-lock bags might help, albeit complicating the issue.
They can be consumed at the wedding or taken home, they're an alternative to having a guest favour. I didn't think to include plastic bags in the containers for the guests, that way they can keep the different types separate.
As for the baking, I have plenty of help. Plus, it's only a small wedding and I've got a lot of stuff made ahead of time. It should be do-able.
Hats off to you and your circle of family and friends. Please be relieved that neither me nor my son are on your list - we'd clean you out! Offering cookies and other baked treats at such occasions has been on the upswing for the past five years or so, from very homey and basic to extremely elaborate and orchestrated displays. imho, your approach is great because it doesn't feel like a conspicuous production at great expense, but a welcome offering truly from the heart.
these chocolate shortbread cookies are always a big hit. easy to double, even triple. and freezes well.
1 stick unsalted butter at room temp
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup ap flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon espresso powder
mix together dry ingredients and set aside. cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy. add in melted chocolate and vanilla. mix in dry ingrednents. form into a log and chill or freeze. cut into 1/4 inch slices and bake in a 350-degree oven for 10-12 minutes.