Tuesday, April 26, 2011

TWD: Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies


I did not manage to make last week’s Tuesdays With Dorie selection, Tourtely Apple Torte, but luckily this week we had a less time consuming recipe, Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies, and I was able to fit it in. Although soft chewy cookies are the generally the cookie category of choice in this household, a nice buttery shortbread is also nice from time to time, and these are exceptionally good shortbread. Not only does that the cornmeal give them a nice crunch, there are wonderful undertones of flavor from the lemon zest and almond extract. The flavor combination kind of reminded me of the stupendous Swedish Visiting Cake the group made last year.



Josh and I took a little break from wedding-related tasks last weekend to celebrate our four-year anniversary of dating (we figured that since we’re about to get married and will have a new anniversary, it would be our last year to make an occasion of it) and made a jaunt up to Sonoma on Saturday afternoon. We’d heard that the caterer we’re using for the wedding also has a café at a place called Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma and thought it would be fun to have lunch there. Sadly, the café had closed three weeks ago. Luckily the garden was still a lovely place to visit and the restaurant at the gardens was good. I had seen an ad in a magazine for a cake supply store in Sonoma and wanted to take a look around in hope of finding a cake topper. Yes, my wedding is less than three weeks away and I don’t have a cake topper. I totally put this off until the last minute, because if I don’t find one, it doesn’t really matter. My cake will still be pretty and taste great. The store, which also happens to be a pool supply store – hello, strange combo - did not have any whimsical cake toppers, but they did have shortbread cookie cutters, to get the authentic shortbread finger shape. I had rolled out my dough earlier in the morning and was planning on making the cookies that night, so I was excited to buy the cutter. Sadly, it could not really withstand the thick, cold dough. When I was growing up, there were several movies that my siblings and I watched multiple times; one of those was "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off." There is a line in the movie where Ferris refers to his friend Cameron’s car as “a piece of s&$@” and for some reason I was greatly amused when the line was changed to “piece of tin” in the TV version. Anyway, this shortbread cutter was a “piece of tin,” both literally and figuratively. It was cheap, so I can’t really complain. Not cheap? The olive oil ice cream we purchased, but very good with these cookies.




We rated these cookies a 7.5 for Deliciousness and I give them a 2.5 for Effort, for an EDR of 3. Many thanks to Valerie of Une Gamine dans La Cuisine for a great choice. You can find the recipe here on Valerie’s site and visit the TWD site for more cookies.

12 comments:

alvarosa said...

thy really look just perfect. and olive oil icecream... hmmmm!

natalia said...

Ciao ! Happy anniversary !

Tracey said...

So glad you took some time out to celebrate your anniversary, it sounds like a nice getaway and was much needed I'm sure! We didn't have a cake topper either, unless you count fresh flowers.

I love the shape of your cookies! They don't look like they spread in the oven at all.

Valerie said...

Congratulations on your 4 year anniversary, and your upcoming wedding!
Your cookies are adorable, I love the pretty shapes! And you're right, they did kind of taste like the Swedish visiting cake.
Thanks for baking with me on this week's recipe! :)

spike. said...

cake & pool supplies together...um, how convenient?! Sorry the cutter didn't work out but I love the shape of your cookies! Kind of like little buttons.

Nina said...

Margot, what a great post! 1) Happy Anniversary to you guys. 2) love love love the cookie cutter--perfect for these 3) cant even begin to tell you how much I love ferris bueller 4) the combo of these with olive oil ice cream=perfect. Hope you really enjoy these next few pre-wedding weeks! xo

jillbert said...

The shape you cut them in is so pretty! I was wishing I had some ice cream to go with these, but they were good on their own too.

Cakelaw said...

Your cookies look great, even if the cutter wasn't up to the job. Love the Ferris reference.

Clivia said...

Gorgeous cookies! You already had the best cutter.
Mazel tov on your upcoming wedding!

JoAnn Freda said...

Wow, these cookies are so perfect they look like they were machine made. Very pretty. I am still trying to make a connection between cake and pool supplies. Very odd indeed. It was a beautiful day for a ride to the wine country wasn't it?

TeaLady said...

I like the round cookies with the scalloped edges. So elegant looking. These were my favs because of the extra cornmeal crunch.

Nancy/n.o.e said...

I love the shape of these cookies! Your little outing sounds like a lot of fun, and I had to laugh about your "piece of tin" shortbread cutter! Congrats on your 4 year anniversary and early for YOUR WEDDING!