I am writing this feeling very full from our St. Patrick’s Day dinner. I took Sarah’s menu ideas from yesterday and we had an feast! Sarah – my family thanks you!
I had absolutely no desire to bake cookies tonight, but it’s French Fridays with Dorie and cookies are on the schedule! I’m sure they will all get eaten – they are very good. I love the saltiness – a crispy, chewy, buttery, salty treat all rolled into one. I will definitely be making these again.
The dough was easy to make. The recipe calls for a food processor, but believe it or not – we don’t have one. I have so many non-essential kitchen gadgets (meat slicer, 2 ice cream makers, waffle cone maker, yogurt maker . . .), you’d think that food processor would have made it into the mix at some point. But there are actually very few times where I wish I had one. And I didn’t feel like it was essential this time either. I used a kitchen-aid with a whisk attachment. I cut my butter up into smaller pieces than the recipe states and it seemed to work just fine.
Dorie says to use the back of a fork to make the cross-hatch pattern and I was thinking of doing it the same way as you would for a peanut butter cookie, but that didn’t work at all. I actually thought she must have some special tool to make it look so pretty, but then I figured it out. I ended up dragging the tines of the fork at an angle along the dough one way and then the other – it was much quicker that way – but I guess I didn’t press firmly enough to get it quite as pretty as Dorie’s.
I also skipped the chill time because I wanted to get to bed earlier! Next time I will try the chilling and see if it makes any noticeable difference.
*What is French Fridays with Dorie? An online cooking group dedicated to working our way through Dorie Greenspan’s newest book, Around My French Table. We try a new recipe each week and post about it on Fridays. If you’re interested you can pick up a copy of the book and follow along with us here.