Thursday, May 26, 2016

Margarita Cookies !

Margarita Cookies

Spring is though for me as I struggle to balance my hobbies. In one hand my garden is in need of attention after Winter time (plus all crazy new projects that I want to do which usually take the whole Spring and Summer to complete) and cooking/baking. Then we have sun and that means that my body wants to go out with the current wife and walk, visit places and enjoy the fantastic place where we live. I struggle but I try to do bits here and there.

I already expanded my rock planter in the back garden and I have started a new patio of stone with a water feature that can be seen from my Music Room, Hallway and Living Room. Looks so fantastic and it is not even finished!

Also my cooking mood changes and I look for different recipes that will satisfy my sugar craving, keep the current wife happy (otherwise is "Danger Will Robinson...danger!") and when I can do something unusual but tasty. The Margarita Cookies is exactly that. A great mix of two of my favorite things...sugar and tequila. I baked yesterday and I used a recipe I saw long time ago in a magazine -but I couldn't find it- so I decided to do butter cookies with a twist and using my ever fading memory. The original recipe called for more sugar, orange extract and a nit of tequila. I went the other way. I used Grand Marnier (which I use for my Margaritas) and a bit more tequila (just a teaspoon wouldn't do it for me!). Also I changed the glazing as I wanted more of the lime juice kick. 

The end result is great. Fantastic grown-up cookies. If your kids want some just buy them Oreos...what do they know. I tried to hide them from the wife but she found them using her uncanny smelling ability. When I came back home from my classes half the batch were gone. Then at dinner time she just asked for a bit of the main dish because "she was stressed and weren't hungry". Yeah right...stress...plus 14 cookies....

Margarita Cookies !

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes   Makes 24 servings

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

2 Cups of flour

1/4 Tsp Salt

1 1/2 Butter sticks, room temperature

6 Drops green food coloring 

1 Cup Granulated sugar

1 Egg, room temperature

2 Tbsp Lime peel finely grated

3 Tbsp Grand Marnier

1 Tbsp Tequila reposado

1/2 Cup Sanding Sugar

1/2 Tbsp Kosher Salt

Tequila/lime Glaze

1 Cup Confectioner’s sugar

3 Tbsp Tequila Reposado

3 Tbsp Lime Juice



Baking Instructions
  1. Mix the dry ingredients for the cookies (flour and salt) and reserve.

2. Using your mixer, medium speed, beat the butter and the sugar until smooth and fluffy (10 minutes or so), then add the egg and keep beating for another 5 minutes.

3. Now let’s add the lime peel, food coloring (it will look pale but that is what we are looking for), and the dry mix in three batches.

4. Now add the Grand Marnier and the Tequila and mix for another 5 minutes. While this happens drink a tequila to celebrate that you are baking today. 

5. The dough will look pretty much like Play-dough. Divide it in two and roll both halves so they form two 1 1/2” bars. Wrap them in wax paper and refrigerate for an hour. Drink another tequila to celebrate that you are so patient.

6. After an hour the dough bars should be firm. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

7. Mix the Kosher Salt and the sanding sugar (the one you use to decorate cookies with. Basically it doesn’t melt with the oven heat) and roll each bar to cover the bars fully.

8. Cut in 1/4” thick slices and place the cookies on a non stick baking sheet (don’t butter it though) and place in the oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the sides start to look a tinny golden  but not brownish.

9. Remove from the oven and allow them to rest on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, them move them to a cooling rack and leave them for an hour or so.
10. Now, let’s do the glazing: basically mix the confectioner’s  sugar with the tequila and the lime. Taste it until you get a tequila flavor with a lime kick (play with the mix as sometimes limes are not the same). Beat like crazy so we get a smooth and aromatic mix. Drink another tequila to celebrate the glazing preparation.

 11. Sprinkle the cookies with the glazing (the first time I over did it and I found them too sweet, so make them so they get some thin lines and drops of the glazing but don’t cover them with it).

12. Enjoy!

* Sorry…not for the kids, though.