Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ugly but Tasty!

In my attempt to replicate the Dancing Deer cookies, I have made these chocolate sugar cookies with orange oil (still looking for tangerine oil).
Based on this recipe from a NH inn:

* 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
* 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
* 2 large egg whites
* 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/3 cup plus 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 3/4 cup Dutch cocoa powder, sifted
* Pinch of salt

In an electric mixer, combine brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, butter, and vanilla, and mix on medium-high speed until well combined. Add egg whites, and mix until combined. In a small bowl, whisk together cocoa, flour, and salt. Add to sugar and butter mixture, and mix on medium until flour is completely incorporated. Turn this mixture out onto a piece of parchment or waxed paper, and roll into a 3/4 by 8-1/2 inch log. Chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove paper, and slice log crosswise into 1/4-inch thick pieces. Place remaining 1-1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a small bowl, and dip each piece of dough in sugar, coating all sides; transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, placing cookies 1 inch apart. Bake about 14 minutes for chewy cookies; for crisp cookies, bake 2 to 3 minutes longer. Slide the paper and cookies onto a wire rack to cool.

Yield: Approximately 32 cookies.

As you can see in the pictures, they're really ugly - I guess I should have left them in the fridge (or freezer) longer. I couldn't get them to stay round.

But, Nick and I ate a slew of them and the verdict is UGLY but TASTY!
And, as my roommate says, "when it comes to cookies, it's the taste that matters!"

Not quite Dancing Deer. But I will keep trying. They are getting close!!!

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