Rosemary & Concord Ginger Shortbread with Fairy Dust

October 3rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 6 dozen cookies

Ingredients

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
1  teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
10 tablespoons (1 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons Concord Grape Ginger Jam ( Recipe Follows)
1 large egg
Rosemary Fairy Dust  for sprinkling ( Recipe Follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and chopped rosemary; set aside.

Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in olive oil. Reduce speed to low. Mix in flour mixture. Add cream;  concord jam and mix until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and mix until just combined.

Shape dough into ¾ inch balls and space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with fingers and sprinkle with Rosemary Fairy Dust

Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are golden, about 13 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on sheet or wire racks. Store in airtight container.

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Rosemary  & Ginger  Cinnamon Concord Jam

Makes 1 cup of jam

Ingredients

2 pounds concord grapes, chopped finely in a food processor ( do not discard juices)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
2 cups turbinado sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cinnamon sticks
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
Pinch of cracked black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a heavy bottom pan and place on medium heat.  Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes or until the mixture is thick.  Allow to cool. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Rosemary Fairy Dust

Makes ½ cup of fairy dust

Ingredients

½ cup turbinado or sugar in the raw
2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary, leaves, chopped fine
½ teaspoon lemon zest

Directions

Using a mortar and pestle, grind up all ingredients until a fine powder is created, like a dust.  Store in an airtight jar for up to a few weeks, un-refrigerated.  Alternatively, use a (clean) coffee grinder or a rolling pin on a cutting board.

Shortbread Cookies with Winter Herbs and Dried Fruit

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
3½ teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
10 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 large egg
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
Fine sanding sugar for sprinkling

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and chopped rosemary; set aside.

Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in olive oil. Reduce speed to low. Mix in flour mixture. Add cream; mix until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and dried cherries and mix until just combined.

Shape dough into ¾ inch balls and space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with fingers and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are golden, about 13 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on sheet or wire racks. Store in airtight container.

*Alternatively use fresh thyme, orange zest and chopped dried dates; dried cranberries, fresh thyme and 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine, Winter Savory and 1 teaspoon lime zest, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 teaspoon orange zest and 2 teaspoons orange juice.

Ras El Hanout Poppyseed Butter Cookies

January 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

These are more an adult cookie – sweet, sultry and exotic!

Ingredients

1 butter cookie recipe with orange zest in it
½ tablespoon traditional Ros El Hanout
½ tablespoon brown sugar
½ tablespoon poppyseeds
Rose Petals (optional)

Directions

Prepare the butter cookie dough according to the directions, adding 1 tablespoon orange zest into the mixture. Prepare the butter cookies as per directions. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the rose el hanout, sugar and poppy seeds and mix well. Sprinkle the mixture on the prepared butter cookies. Place one rose petal in the center of the cookie and bake according to directions!

Rainbow Cookies

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

8 ounces almond paste, at room temperature
8 ounces butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs, separated
2 cups all purpose flour
6 drops yellow, pink and green food coloring
13 cup raspberry preserves
13 cup orange marmalade
1 cup semisweet chocolate (melted)

Directions

Cream butter, almond paste and sugar until creamed. Add egg yolks and blend to smooth. Add flour to form dough. Whip egg whites to soft peaks in separate boil. Fold into dough in three additions. Separate batter and add food coloring. Prepare three pans with parchment paper. (Can share pan between two colors). Spread evenly each color batter. Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes until slightly golden. Cool, approximately 10 minutes.

Layer each color alternating with raspberry jam and orange marmalade. Stack heavy books over covered cakes. Allow to thin for at least 1 hour in fridge. Next, melt chocolate over double boiler. Spread evenly over layered cake. Place in fridge for five minutes. Cut with hot knife into squares and serve.

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup turbinado sugar, plus extra
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
½ cup buttermilk
Course sugar for topping

Directions

Preheat oven to 400° F. In a medium bowl combine and gently mix the strawberries, lemon juice and zest as well as the sugar and let stand for at least five minutes. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, nut meg and salt with about a tablespoon of the extra sugar. Gently cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or your hands, cutting or crumbling until the mixture resembles a course cornmeal. Mix in the buttermilk slowly stirring until the dough starts to come together. Gently fold in the strawberries and mix well, but gently. Make sure the dough is completely mixed. Drop dough onto a greased or lines cookie sheet (about a tablespoon for each) making sure to space them apart as they will fall a bit. Sprinkle a bit of the course sugar atop and place in the over to bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and take off pan immediately to cool completely.

Fresh Ginger Whole-Wheat Nutmeg Butter Cookies

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-9 cookies

Ingredients

¼ cup butter, soft
¼ cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
¾ cup whole-wheat flour
Pinch of salt

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. In a small mixing bowl cream together butter, sugar, spices and vanilla until well mixed, add the egg and mix well. In a spate small bowl mix together flour and salt. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet a little at a time mixing continuously. Form the mixture into a long log shape about 2 inch circle and wrap in saran wrap for up to 1 hour. Slice the logs thin and place on a baking sheet. Alternatively you can bake immediately without refrigerating the cookies with be softer. Place spoons full of the dough mixture on a baking sheet and press down using fingers to a flat cookie shape. Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Place on rack to cool.

Strawberry Quinoa Cookies

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 cup black quinoa
¼ cup rolled oats
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon flax seeds
¼ cup almonds, chopped fine
1/3 cup almond oil
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup almond milk
1 egg, beaten
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped fine

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F. In a blender blend the quinoa and the oats until a gritty powder is formed. In a mixing bowl combine, ground quinoa, oats, flour, baking powder, soda, salt, flax seeds and almonds, mix well and set aside. In another mixing bowl whisk together the almond oil, sugars, vanilla, almond milk and egg until well mixed. Slowly add the dry mix to the wet mixing well as you combine mixtures. A thick oatmeal cookie type batter should form. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let rest to harden and solidify for about 3-4 minutes before eating.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18-24 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup dried strawberries, chopped fine
¾ cup margarine
½ cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and freshly grated
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup almond milk
3 cups rolled oats

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a couple of baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, spices and strawberries. Set aside. Beat together the margarine, sugars, vanilla and fresh ginger until light and fluffy. Add the soy milk and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the flour to the liquid a little at a time until incorporated and it is a thick smooth batter. Add the oats slowly and mix well until incorporated as well. Drop spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets and flatten each ball slightly. Bake approximately 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Take cookies off baking sheet carefully using a spatula and put them on a surface to cool. (The hot pan will continue to bake them.)

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