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March 2014 Cookbook of the Month - Stir: Mixing it up in the Italian Tradition: Sweet Treats Pg. 289-311

delys77 Feb 28, 2014 06:21 PM

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  1. geekmom RE: delys77 Mar 7, 2014 04:42 PM

    Butter Cookies - p. 301

    I noticed when I picked up this book from the library a couple of days ago that nobody had reviewed anything from the sweet treats chapter yet. I am happy to take on the burden of being the first.

    Anyone who has made sugar cookies will not find this recipe surprising; softened butter (10 tbsp!) and 1/2c+2tbsp sugar are whipped in a stand mixer bowl until fluffy, egg yolks (3 of them) are incorporated one at a time, then 1.5c flour and 1/4tsp of baking powder are stirred in. The ball of dough is then shaped into a disc, wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for at least 6 hrs. At this point you roll out your dough, grab your cookie cutters and away you go. I found the dough slightly tricky to work with - when I first rolled it out, it cracked around the edges, so I might have chilled the dough for a little too long. Eventually it softened up a bit, though, and I was on my way.

    BL suggests refrigerating your cookie sheets for another 15-20 minutes after you cut the cookies out, before baking, which I think helped to ensure that my cookies didn't spread out into buttery, vaguely skull and crossbone shaped puddles. :-)

    These were very nice cookies - rich, buttery, and with a lovely texture - a slight snap as you take a bite, and a good crumb. Perfect with my afternoon cup of tea!

     
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      dkennedy RE: geekmom Mar 7, 2014 04:48 PM

      Is that a skull and crossbones cookie cutter? Must have details please.

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        geekmom RE: dkennedy Mar 7, 2014 04:54 PM

        It is indeed! http://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Skull-Cr...

        We especially like making our Christmas cookies with this thing. :-)

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      dkennedy RE: delys77 Mar 7, 2014 04:59 PM

      I love it!

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        dkennedy RE: delys77 Mar 22, 2014 07:21 PM

        Peaches and Cream, p. 310

        Reporting on a recipe I made before this book was selected as COTM. Peaches are currently unavailable here so I figured it won't get reported on if I don't do it now.

        We ate these warm out of the pan and they were divine.

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          smtucker RE: dkennedy Mar 22, 2014 08:00 PM

          Peach season is coming.... only about 4 more months to go. I will mark this based on your recommendation.

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