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Saturday, February 5, 2011

So who are YOU rooting for?

We're neutral this year, thanks to the Giants and Jets disappointing us, so I thought both teams should be represented.
  • Hope whoever your favorite team is, wins.  

  • And as we all know, the food is almost as (well, just as) important as the Big Game...so, enjoy your eats!
  •  
  • Super Bowl Cookies (aka Black & White Cookies in disguise)
  • from King Arthur Flour
  • 1 cup butter*
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon oil, or 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind (I used lemon rind)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup milk (regular or low-fat; not nonfat) (I used 2%)
  • *If you use salted butter, reduce the salt in the recipe to 1 teaspoon

  • Vanilla Icing (I made this recipe and used yellow food coloring, then made a half batch and used green food coloring)
  • 3 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract*
  •      *For the whitest icing (at the cost of reduced flavor), omit the vanilla

Chocolate Icing ( I halved this recipe and added some unsweetened cocoa powder with a tiny bit of extra hot water)
2 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup hot water
1/4 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
3/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (chips, or chunks), melted
  • Preheat the oven to 400Ā°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
    To make the cookies: Beat together the butter, sugar, salt, baking powder, lemon, and vanilla till well combined.
    Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    Gently stir in the flour alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour. 
    Using a muffin scoop or a 1/4-cup measure, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. With wet fingers, or the wet bottom of a measuring cup, flatten/spread the dough to a 3"-diameter circle. Leave 2" to 2 1/2" between each cookie; they'll spread.
    Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, until they're set and are very light golden brown around the edges. If there's no sign of brown, that's OK. Cookies baked for 10 minutes will be quite moist. Cookies baked for 12 minutes will be drier, and more "authentic." Bake for 11 minutes for an in-between cookie.
    Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool them right on the pan. As they cool, prepare the icing.
    To make the vanilla icing: Whisk together the confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, and hot water. For a nice vanilla flavor, add the vanilla; for the whitest icing, omit it.
    Spread the icing over half of each cookie. Place them on a rack to set while you make the chocolate icing.
    To make the chocolate icing: Combine the confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, hot water, and espresso powder. stirring till smooth.
    In the microwave, or in a pan set over very low heat, melt the chocolate.
    Add the melted chocolate into the sugar mixture, stirring till well combined.
    Spread the icing on the uncovered half of each cookie. You'll have a generous amount of icing, so don't be afraid to pile it on.
    Set the cookies back on the rack, and allow them to rest for about 30 minutes, till the icing is set.
    For best storage, wrap each cookie individually, in plastic wrap, and store at room temperature.
    Yield: 2 dozen large (3 3/4" to 4") cookies.



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2 Comments:

At February 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM , Blogger Reeni said...

These are cute! My Mom was just saying she had a craving for these. I bet they're delicious!

 
At February 6, 2011 at 9:07 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Great cookies! I've taken a break from the game because I was told I was becoming overly emotional about the outcome! No neutrality in our house....

 

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