The idea here is that you are assigned to visit the blog of another club member. You can choose any recipe from that blog, prepare it, and write about it on your own blog.
For me, the hardest part was figuring out which recipe to choose! When I was sent to visit Sweet as Sugar Cookies, I immediately found five recipes I wanted to try. I finally had to stop looking and just pick something. They ALL looked so good--and I bookmarked a bunch to try later. I've been on a "fresh ingredients" kick lately, so I chose the recipe for Lime Meltaways. Like blog author Lisa, I'm a fan of any lemon- or lime-flavored cookie or pastry. I think that these delicious cookies would work with either flavor!
WARNING: Do not eat these cookies while wearing black!!
Here's the recipe with a couple of small changes that I made. (Bake temp was not given in the recipe, but the author mentioned that it was a Martha Stewart recipe, so I was able to find the original. And I adjusted the quantity of lime juice and zest since I only had one lime in the house).
LIME MELTAWAYS (from Martha Stewart via Sweet as Sugar Cookies)
12 Tbsp. salted butter, softened
1 c. powdered sugar, divided (1/3 cup and 2/3 cup)
zest of 1 fresh lime
juice of 1 fresh lime
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. + 2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
Cream butter and 1/3 c. sugar until fluffy. Add zest, juice, and vanilla. Beat till fluffy. Add flour and cornstarch. Roll dough into two 1 1/4" diameter logs. Chill 1 hour.
Slice logs into 1/8" thick rounds. Place on baking sheets and bake about 15 min. at 350 until barely golden. Let cool slightly, 8-10 min. Place remaining 2/3 c. sugar in a resealable plastic bag. While still warm, place cookies in the sugar-filled bag and toss to coat.
Would I do anything different next time? I'd probably not shake the cookies in a bag with the sugar to coat them. Even with only putting in a few cookies at a time, I wound up with a lot of crumbled cookies. Of course, I ate them anyway--they were still very delicious! I'll probably just sift powdered sugar over the cookies next time. And I wished that I had been more careful to shape the logs; mine were kind of flat on one side, so my cookies were a bit misshapen. Either that, or I'll square them off so I can say they're square on purpose!
This was a lot of fun and I'll definitely play along again next time. If you're a fan of lemon or lime, you'll love these cookies; they just melt in your mouth and were super easy to make.
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