Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cookie Carnival

Just to remind you of the IC:Earth challenge, if you wish to vote for me visit http://mkecupcakequeen.blogspot.com/. You ll be voting to the recipe in my previous post. Thanks to all.

I just joined Cookie carnival. This month's recipe comes from the Martha Steward following the suggestion made by Mari of Mevrouw Cupcake (http://www.mevrouwcupcake.com/).

Now the recipe, since I don't like grapefruit and didn't find any to buy I had to make a small substitution, I used orange. The text in red are my modifications. However, here's the recipe we had to follow.

Pink Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients for cookies
Makes 15 sandwich cookies.
* Grated zest of 1 Ruby Red grapefruit (I used orange zest)

* 1/4 cup freshly squeezed juice
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
* 3/4 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
* 2 large egg yolks
* Pink Grapefruit Cream Filling

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a small bowl, combine zest with 1 tablespoon sugar; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and remaining sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add egg yolks, and beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in reserved zest-sugar mixture. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the juice, and beat to combine.
3. Turn out dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, and shape into a 1-inch-thick disk. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out disk to 1/8 inch thick using a lightly floured rolling pin. Using a lightly floured 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place about 1 inch apart on prepared sheet. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack to cool 5 minutes. Transfer parchment paper and cookies to rack to cool completely.

5. Using an offset spatula, spread 1 tablespoon filling onto flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping flat sides down. Once filled, cookies can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

You can bake the cookies and make the filling a day ahead.

Ingredients for filling
Makes enough to fill 15 sandwich cookies.
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
* 2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit juice (I used orange juice)

* some red and yellow food colouring to make orange filling

Directions
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in honey. Add juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until filling holds together and is smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl, cover, and set aside until ready to use.

28 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Cuuuuute cookies!!! :0)

Adam said...

Hey... you're a carnival-ier too! Nice. I gotta put mine up soon. Yours, though... look outstanding. I love the filling color :)

stacchus said...

Nice blog that wets our appetite. My wife will be happy to try some. visit my blog at stacchus.blogspot.com

veron said...

Snooky - this looks sooo cute. The pink grapefruit filling sounds so interesting!

Pamela said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your very nice comments. I didn't get these cookies made for the Carnival this month. September just went by much to quickly for me. I was thinking of using orange as a sub, too. Nice to know it works well. Great job!

CECIL said...

You just make the cutest cookies! This will be such great edible gifts for gift boxes on Holidays!

Emiline said...

Those are so cute! I would eat a lot of those.
I still need to vote for you...

laura said...

wow, le tue sono creazioni da pasticceria! peccato che non riesco a seguirti molto, l'inglese lo so così così, ma mi sono imposta di studiarlo. Magari ogni tanto potresti scrivere la traduzione italiana delle tue ricettine speciali? ciao

Jenny said...

Looks great. Love the shape of the cookies! I'm new here and can't wait to visit more!

Candy said...

These look so pretty! I also love the cupcakes. Interesting ...

Patsyk said...

Nice blog! I wish I could decorate cakes and cupcakes as nicely as you! Beautiful!

Thanks, for stopping by my blog!

Elra said...

Your cookies look really pretty, especially with that star piping decoration on top. I never use grape fruit juice to flavor any icing, Sounds really good. Too bad that you couldn't find grape fruit, because I really want to know how do you like it.

Maria said...

They are so adorable!! I love them!

kristel said...

Wow! As your other cakes this one are wonderful. And the decoration on top are very nice.

Kevin and Natali McKee said...

Mmmm, the blog looks Delicious!!! I will definitely add you to my google reader.

I barely have any of my own creations on my blog. I am just starting out so I like to find things that I want to try and don't have to hunt them down when I want to make them.

Julie said...

All your desserts look SO beautiful. Nice work :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I love your blog! Your header is soo cute!

Lorraine E said...

Very cute! Like the extra serve of icing on top :)

Jude said...

Looks so cute and the presentation is really amazing. Yum.

April said...

Your cookies look fantastic! The orange sounds really good in this cookie!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

How did you like the orange version? I made a lemon version, as well as a grapefruit version, and ended up liking the lemon version best.

kamailesfood said...

Fancy cookies! Orange would be an interesting flavor to try.

Stacey said...

I love that you used orange instead of grapefruit. I thought about doing that. Love the pics!

Stacey said...

I love that you used orange instead of grapefruit. I thought about doing that. Love the pics!

Sheri/Cookingmom said...

Your cookies are beautiful! This was my first Cookie Carnival, so I had no idea I could change the recipe. If I had known, I would've made lemon or lime.

Jin Hooi said...

very good looking cookies !!! This was my first cookie carnival, but somehow I was not included in the round up.. opppss.. Not sure what i did wrong ;-))

lilmizlynn said...

Your cookies looks cute and yummy! I enjoy reading your blogs too. :)

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