Foods from the Past: Cookies

 

My family hosted a brunch right around News Years this winter and invited a bunch of our new neighbors.  It was a sort of house-warming party to start getting to know the people on our new street in Charlottesville.  We made quiches, mimosas, french toast casserole, shrimp cocktails, cheesecake truffles, and chocolate cookies with chocolate buttercream frosting leftover from our Christmas bush de noel.  The purpose of this introduction was to mention the chocolate cookies, because we froze the extra dough to make at another time, and that time happened to be right around St. Patrick’s day.  So I baked off the rest of the cookies and made them into festive sandwiches.
Sandwiches

 

The filling is melted white chocolate with peppermint extract and edible green glitter mixed in.  I’m not sure if I melted it improperly or if it was just strange chocolate, but the filling didn’t harden and remained a soft, velvety frosting.  It wasn’t what I expected, but it was a delicious and happy accident!
Close Up

 

I also made some cookies from scratch that day.  They were Anzac cookies from 101 Cookbooks.  They called for coconut, oats, flour, honey, BUTTER!, orange zest, and orange blossom water.  I swapped out the citrus ingredients and instead made these cookies spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove for a buttery, caramel-y oat cookie with coconut.  They were chewy and delicious.

GraphicI packed up the cookies into little goodie bags for our neighbors as a St. Patrick’s Day treat.

 

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