holiday cookie 4.0 (and i was on tv)

authors note: no studio pics today … I didn’t have an entourage this time round  :0) good thing for the clip!

These are the best cookies.  Period. Seriously.


And the best part about it … was that it was a pleasant surprise.  I honestly thought that they would be o.k. – simply a twist from the ordinary ginger cookie.

Wrong.

These are good.

Each cookie was thin.  And chewy.  And then … in the centre – you could still see the dark moistness of the molasses.  Oh my.

So the cookies were good.

But then it was time to turn them into little sandwiches … a layer of lemon glaze holding two ginger-molasses cookies together.

That is when they became HOLY HECK I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW WONDERFUL A COOKIE CAN BE! kind of cookies.

A-MAZ-ING.

I think I heart these cookies so much because they combine the ginger cookie (we know I’ obsessed) with lemon – which we all know is my number one true love.  Sigh.  A combination made in my kind of heaven.  DEE-LISH!

I also got to talk up these wonderful little babies while on Daytime Ottawa – Erin and Derick – became huge fans.  It turns out that TL is allergic to ginger … but she promised me that if she weren’t – she would love these cookies :0) LOVES IT!

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This time round TL proved that she’s more than just the finishing touches gal.

She’s got skills.  As in the best reflexes EVER.

Did you see her react to my misdirection with the butter?  Fast hands people.  She’s got fast hands.

Derick didn’t do too badly himself … he just needs to remember that the molasses should always be added as a heaping quarter cup.  Always.  I think he knows better now (right Derrick) :0)

Let me guess … you want to make a batch of these cookies too right?  I mean … I am emphatically declaring these as my favourite holiday cookies.  EVER.  Bar NONE.

Since this blog is all about sharing the love … here’s the recipe.  Make this love.  Share it.  You won’t regret it.  I promise (have I let you down yet?).

ginger-molasses lemon cookies

ingredients:

1 1/2 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. molasses (heaping please)

1 egg

3/4 c. melted butter

2 c. flour, sifted

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves

3/4 tsp salt

zest of half a lemon

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, molasses, egg and melted butter together.  Use either a whisk or a wooden spoon – no stand-mixer or hand-held mixers required.

Once everything is well combined, add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and lemon zest.

Stir until combined.  This dough will seem a little oily – just keep mixing.  Once everything is incorporated, cover the bowl in plastic wrap and allow it to chill in the fridge for about 1 hour.  This will make it easier to handle.  Believe me … much easier (the original dough is otherwise too sticky and tacky to roll into small balls).

When ready – preheat your oven to 375 F.  Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.

Spread 1/2 c. raw sugar in a pie plate.

Roll the dough into small balls – then cover them completely in the raw sugar.  Place on the cookie sheet.  You want to leave about 2-inches apart from one another on the cookie sheet – they spread while baking.  I was able to get a dozen on each baking sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes.  Rotating the sheets at the halfway mark – this will ensure even baking.  If you’re like me you’ll notice that they look barely baked at the 4 minute mark – don’t worry – by 8 minutes, the top of the cookies will look cracked.  BEAUTIFUL!

Remove from the oven.  Allow the cookies to sit on the baking sheet for 4 minutes.  This will allow them to firm up a bit.  Place them on the wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Now make the filling.  This is what makes these cookies extraordinary.  Sigh.

lemon glaze

ingredients:

3 tbsp butter, softened

2 c. powdered sugar, sifted

juice of 1 lemon

In a large bowl (the powdered sugar can go flying!), whisk together the ingredients until smooth.  That’s it.  Add the lemon juice bit by bit – this will permit you to (1) decide how much lemon flavour you want and (2) ensure that the glaze isn’t too thin.  It should be about as thick as a caramel sauce … not a thin broth.  Is that helpful?

Spread about a teaspoon on one of the cookie bases (stay more in the centre of the cookie – not the sides), topping it with another cookie – creating a little sandwich.  Don’t worry if the top cookie looks like it’s going to slide off … just reposition it on top of the other cookie and allow to sit for 30 minutes.  They should firm up … leaving you the most beautiful cookie.

Lemon glaze sandwiches between two sugar-coated ginger-molasses cookies.

Sigh.

I’m still thinking about these cookies.

Time to whip up another batch.  For reals.

Enjoy!

Robin – you should make these … hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as your mother’s gingersnap recipe.

macaroons … and my advenutres on television

authors note:  thank you Tonya for joining me and taking the pictures!  no flash went off … you’re much better than me!

I did it again!  I was on Daytime Ottawa yesterday: hanging with Derick and TL…  while we made some chocolate dipped coconut macaroons.

This is the most fun I’ve had YET!

We laughed … a lot.  Seriously – I think we all giggled our way through the entire segment.  

I should tell you – I tend to pick recipes for the show based on how well I think Derick and TL can handle the task :0)  I thought this would be a great recipe since (1) I could easily get Derick to mix the ingredients together, (2) I could demo what the batter looks like pre-baked and baked, and (3) TL could then help me dip the baked cookies in melted chocolate. 

Simple don’t you think… it should have been… except… we had a couple mishaps.

Whenever I show up at the studio I go through the following routine:

I set up … ensuring that I have all of my ingredients and tools (that lesson was learned early on). 

Then I make sure that everything is set-up at the correct spot.  I’ve learned that Derick is the demonstration guy: he’s super comfortable adding ingredients, mixing them up, and scooping them out.  That’s why I make sure the demo portion of the chat is close to him … and then quickly brief him on what he’ll be doing.

We normally get a little briefing from Erin (the producer) – it usually involves Erin helping me with putting on my mic… or us laughing at something Derick has said.

Then the cameras started rolling… and we go LIVE!

By that point yesterday - everything was going exactly according to plan.

I’d seperated the egg white from the yolk prior to going on-air – my skills seem to have impressed Derick and TL

While chatting with TL, I pretty much walked Derick through the recipe: egg white, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, sweetened coconut flakes and a pinch of salt.

I think I impressed them again by bringing in some homemade sailor jerry’s rum vanilla extract

They look pretty wowed eh?

I got both Derick and TL to stir the coconut batter around … everything was going peachy.  And then it was time to scoop out the macaroons.

Derick BROKE MY MINI SCOOP!  That’s right!  He broke it!  Actually… it was easily and quickly fixed, but it allowed TL to start teasing Derick on his skills.  Which was perfect…  since … well, it seems TL has difficulties dipping macaroons in melted chocolate.

You see… TL will candidly admit that baking isn’t her forte – which is totally fine, since she’s always willing to be a super good sport and give it a try anyway.  Knowing this, I have started tasking her with the finishing touch.  This time – she was responsible for dipping the baked macaroons in melted chocolate.  She had a little malfunction when the top of a macaroon fell off the base of the macaroon causing it to fall back into the chocolate – it kinda looked like a belly flop!   … it’s ok – we  were able to save the macaroon (it was just extra chocolatey) and giggled our way through it.

I think you can tell by viewing the clip (view here - again… not on firefox) that we had a blast…. and that this recipe is super simple to follow.  These macaroons are so delicious and really pretty.  And I bet that if you decide to make them with some friends, you’ll spend your afternoon laughing too!

Check out Derick going in for one macaroon ….

and then he went in for another one…

rogers… here i come!

I’m baking away again.

Actually… I’m prepping for tomorrow’s appearance on Daytime Ottawa (Roger’s Cable television).

I’d tell you what I’m making … only I really want you to tune in.  Take a pre-lunch break tomorrow, turn on your tv, and just watch me “bake” something.

Sounds like fun right?

Yeah … I think so too.

If you’re a local (Ottawa area) – tune into channel 22, Rogers television @ around 11:50 am.

If you aren’t a local … don’t worry.  I’ll post some pictures and the link to the clip ASAP.

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