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08 December 2006 @ 01:14 am
strawberries & cream cookies  
this one's for vanessafrida :)

some time last month, i decided to bake cookies for my galpal val, for her birthday. have been wanting to try this recipe for the longest time, and even have the dried strawberries ready in the pantry. hid them from the eyes of the hungry brother who has been eating everything in sight.

this was the original recipe:

1¾ dl sugar
225 g unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon salt
4¾ dl flour
2 tablespoons whipping cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1¼ dl minced white chocolate
1¾ dl dried strawberries, coarsely minced

Preheat the oven to 165°C (325°F)

In a food processor, whiz the sugar to finely pulverise (not sure if this is
necessary, why not just use powder sugar instead?)

Mix sugar with the butter. Mix on slow speed until well blended and then add
in the flour and salt and blend. When almost blended into a dough, fold in
the vanilla, the cream, the white chocolate and strawberries and mix by hand
to incorporate the strawberries and chocolate without them blending right
into the dough (otherwise the berries will discolor the dough).

Knead on a lightly floured work surface about 1 minute, to make dough very
firm. Flatten the dough in a disc, wrap well and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Roll out gently and cut into small round cookies about 1/2 thick. (What I
did was roll the dough into two thick rolls and cut the cookies straight
from that after refridgeration)

Place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake, immediately reducing temperature to
150°C (300°F) until lightly browned, about 40-50 minutes. (I'm not sure
about this time, I didn't bake mine nearly as long, but I have a feeling the
oven might have been too hot to start with, so just keep an eye on the
cookies while they bake)

***

i converted the measurements loosely to:

3/4 cup sugar
225g unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1.9 cup flour
2 tbsp whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
less than 1/2 cup minced white chocolate
3/4 cup dried strawberries, coarsely minced

i also skipped the part about powdering the sugar, and used normal raw sugar instead.



somehow, my dough turned out very much wetter than i expected from the recipe, so instead of kneading it, flouring it and cutting it after chilling, i popped the whole blob into the fridge for about half an hour, got it out, scooped out little blobs with a teaspoon and whacked them into the oven.

didn't know if it would be a disaster. :) but they turned out beautifully.

mother reckons they're better than the [cranberry oatmeal cookies] that everyone loves. i don't know, i think it's a close fight. very very happy with how these turned out.

birthday girl munched them up in a jiffy too. teehee.

:)


 
 
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hianhwee, tracy LIM: DANCEhianhwee on December 7th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
they definitely look good... how i wish that my macbook can emit the smell form your cookies!
JV: japogothdrag0nette on December 7th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
i wonder if there will come a day when smells can be captured electronically as a file like audio! that would be awesome. :)

ps. i'm thinking of upgrading to macbook from my ibook!
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on December 8th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
ah... go and get it.
JV: crochetdrag0nette on December 8th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
still chewing on it. :) maybe i'll wait till i come back next year...
The Citygent: younggreygentcitygent on December 7th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
awww phwoarr!! :op
JV: japogothdrag0nette on December 7th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
hee! :p
vanessafridavanessafrida on December 8th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
oh man! that looks so good!! any left?! :P

btw cheok just got a powerbook :P
JV: japogothdrag0nette on December 8th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
those at my place were gone in 3 days flat!

birthday girl ate hers in one sitting!

:)

will be making more soon...
vanessafrida: vanessafrida on December 8th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC)
save one for me ya!

so have you watched House? what do you think?
JVdrag0nette on December 8th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
started on Disc 1! :) not too bad... will continue tonight!
vanessafrida: vanessafrida on December 8th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
it gets better...i found the first disc the most boring
JVdrag0nette on December 8th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
oooh... hoookay. :)
(Anonymous) on December 10th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
Dried strawberries
Hi! I happened to surf by and was attracted to your recipe! I could almost taste the cookies as I was reading your post : )

I'd like to try the recipe out...but how and where can I get dried strawberries? Fresh ones don't work, I suppose?

Thanks in advance!

Wyn
JV: goodhairdaydrag0nette on December 10th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Dried strawberries
hi wyn!

are you in singapore? i got mine from the dried tidbits/fruit stall in the takashimaya basement. i've also seen it in raffles city, the little sweet shoppe next to the atms in the basement. :)

good luck with the cookies! :D
JV: goodhairdaydrag0nette on December 10th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Dried strawberries
ps. fresh ones won't have the same texture and the taste will be very different. :)
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Dried strawberries
Great! Yeah I'm in S'pore. I'll get them and try them out this weekend. If all goes well, they will be christmas gifts for colleagues.

Thanks a million! : )

Wyn
JV: leaf116drag0nette on December 11th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Dried strawberries
yay! no worries! :D

ps. i only baked them for about 12 minutes each tray if i remember correctly. and i also popped in one teaspoon of baking powder!

JV: leaf116drag0nette on December 11th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Dried strawberries
pps. i didn't reduce the oven temperature though, i just kept it at about 160 degrees throughout!
 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on December 22nd, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Mmmm! they looked really great!
JV: leaf116drag0nette on December 22nd, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
aww... thanks lee! :D
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