Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day...Baking GALS, part 2

Happy Veterans Day to the soldiers (past & present) in our life...Dad, Bob, Jane, Nana :) and Mike. Thank you all for your service and sacrifice! These cookies are for Jason, our soldier through Operation Baking Gals. Coconut Snowballs from Everyday Food.... the recipe is posted on Martha's website, here.
If you like coconut, you'll love these. They remind me a little bit of Mexican Wedding Cookies. I think they would be a perfect addition to a cookie tray for the holidays!
I had to send a little chocolate! :) These are Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. I was a little frustrated by the recipe, but they came out really yummy! They are topped with sparkling sugar, although it's hard to see in the picture, so they are pretty and sparkly! :)

Crisp Chocolate Chip Shortbread
(adapted from holiday cookies by Land O' Lakes)

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 & 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
3 tablespoons sparkling or large grain sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extract in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, cornstarch and salt. Beat until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Pat dough into an ungreased 15 x 10 x 1" cookie sheet. (This is where I had a problem. There was NO way I could get the dough to cover the entire sheet. Next time I make these, I will press the dough onto the bottom of a 13 x 9" pan and see if that works better.) Sprinkle with sparkling sugar and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Immediately cut into squares or triangles (I used a bench scraper). Remove from pan when cool.

13 comments:

  1. I love coconut! I will definitely be trying those out!

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  2. Both recipes look delicious. Thanks!

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  3. YUM! I'll have to give those chocolate ones a try!

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  4. Love mexican wedding cookies, those coconut ones look delicious as does the chocolate chip shortbread.

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  5. Yum! You are always so good about trying something new!

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  6. Woo Hoo Baking GALS! These look delightful, I'm sure your soldier will absolutely love these.

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  7. I am going to try this one; it looks delicious.
    I had to leave a commment, because my dear nephew, JASON, is in Iraq. I don't think he's your Jason, but it's still a nice reminder that people care.

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  8. I made the chocolate chip shortbread-yummy!!! I pressed them into a quarter sheet pan (9x13), and they came out fine.Thanks.

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  9. Oh, good...thanks Kristy! I'm going to try that size next time.

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  10. I need to ammend my comment to "they came out perfect". They were yummy.

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  11. Excellent post, my grandfather told me about it, The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that the President (Calvin Coolidge, sorry but I can't remember as well, if you know the name, please write another post... ) issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. 23jj

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  12. Perfect cookies look so delicious and yummy.

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