Tuesday, January 12, 2010
From the ashes
(from the Ugly Binder, from a Christmas cookie recipe pull-out section of a magazine)
2 sticks (1 cup) regular butter or margarine (not spread) at room temperature
¾ cup sour cream, at room temperature
Yolk from 1 large egg
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cups granulated sugar
¾ cups walnuts or hazelnuts, coarsely chopped I omitted these
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Beat butter, sour cream and egg yolk in a large bowl with electric mixer until smooth.
2. With mixer on low speed, gradually beat in flour until blended. Divide dough into fourths. Wrap each separately and chill 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
3. Filling: Process sugar, nuts and cinnamon in food processor or blended until nuts are finely chopped.
4. Heat oven o 375 degrees F. Have ungreased cookie sheet(s) ready.
5. In lightly floured surface, roll out one piece of dough at a time (keep remaining dough refrigerated) to an 11-inch circle. Using a pizza wheel or small knife, cut circle into ...
The rest of the recipe is missing. Cut circle into 16 wedges. Sprinkle with filling. Roll each wedge up and place on cookies sheet. Bake until golden, about 18 minutes??
I haven't had too many big disasters in the kitchen but once I did start a small fire. Of course, it had to happen when I was sharing a house with a friend and I set her dishtowel on fire. Thank God I didn't burn the house down! If it weren't for the smoke detector, I make have. (Have you checked your smoke detectors lately?)
I was making these cookies at the time and the bottom of this recipe got singed off so the cooking time may not be accurate. I think I looked at a rugelach recipe and decided on 18-20 minutes.
I used to make these with hazelnuts but I don't use nuts in my cooking anymore (due to son's peanut allergy) so I tried this recipe without the nuts and it was pretty good, not as good as with nuts, but still very good. Next time I might sprinkle some of the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top.
I think these add visual interest to a cookie tray and they're not too sweet. There is no sugar in the dough - the sweetness comes from the filling. They aren't very difficult to make. The dough is easily managed. I definitely suggest using a good pizza cutter to cut the dough.
Question of the Day: What was your biggest kitchen disaster?