Valentine’s Day 2014

April 12, 2014 § 1 Comment

Oops—I thought I already posted this a long time ago!  …..

I made close to 400 shortbread cookies this year for my work colleagues. Each person received a goodie bag (that I hand-cut and taped together one by one!), designed by Claudine Hellmuth (Thanks so much, Claudine!), with 3 biscuits: original, lemon and extra virgin olive oil & fresh rosemary. I used my tried and true Baking book by Dorie Greenspan for the original and lemon varieties. The olive oil and rosemary biscuit recipe is from the Blue Bottle Coffee book.

Measuring, scoring and cutting them took forever since I had to have enough for everyone!  I ended up making a second round of them the following week because so many people didn’t get any and I know I still missed some people.

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My Sweet Valentine *^^*

March 4, 2012 § 3 Comments

This recipe, “Holiday Sugar Cookies”, is from Joanne Chang’s  flour cookbook.  My own twist was to use concentrated hibiscus tea as my food coloring, which resulted in a lavender color once it was mixed with the powdered sugar.  Unfortunately, I used an entire 16-oz bag of overpriced organic powdered sugar, but found that using a third or half of it would have sufficed.  Tant pis! 

BUT, I really loved the outcome because the cookie wasn’t rock hard.  These were much softer and a bit crumblier, which I really liked.  However, the absolute BEST part of these cookies was that the most unlikely thing happened:  the spouse helped to decorate MOST of them and thoroughly had a lot of fun doing it!  We were up until 2am getting them done so that I could take them to work in the morning for Valentine’s Day.  We made somewhere close to 80 cookies.

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