It’s Friday. It’s the summer. You’re probably just as excited as I am to make plans for the upcoming summer weekend. There simply aren’t enough summer weekends in the year, and they shouldn’t be spent staring at a computer screen, at least not for long. So after you read this post, I give you permission to go play outside kids! Get a little sunshine and Vitamin D.
But, before you go, I need to report on this week’s Chocolate Challenge post, which comes to us courtesy of Louisa. For my new readers, the Chocolate Challenge was issued to me several months ago by a long time reader. After I reported on the Chocolate Torte I baked for Easter, he challenged me to write about a different chocolate recipe each week and if I succeeded, I would get a prize at the end of the year. You’ll never guess what that prize is. Okay, I’ll give you one guess…. You’re right, it’s a box of chocolates, because there’s never enough chocolate, right?
Anyway, for some serendipitous reason having to do with absolutely nothing, both Louisa and Annie decided they needed to bake cookies on Monday.
Annie’s cookie inspiration came as a result of helping me clean out the refrigerator last week, as part of my keep-the-teen-busy-summer project. While checking expiration dates and purging mystery leftovers, she came upon a couple of bottles of key lime juice and a jar of maraschino cherries. Inspiration struck and she decided those ingredients should go into a cookie. Whatever. I don’t question her inspiration if she doesn’t question mine. She found a recipe on Land O Lakes for Key Lime Shortbread Cookies and baked them up while I was out of the house. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she couldn’t leave well enough alone, so she increased the key lime juice in the recipe to 3 tablespoons instead of just one, and she added 3 teaspoons of juice from the cherry jar, as well as approximately 20 cherries. Oh, and she decided not to frost the cookies.
Here’s a picture of the very excellent shortbread cookies baked by Annie. If you like shortbread, you’d love these flaky cookies. Do you know how a French pastry has those beautiful buttery layers if you look at it in just the right light? Well, you could see similar layers in these cookies.
And then Louisa came home. And Louisa had decided, while at work. to make cookies when she came home, too. I’m one lucky mother.
She had entirely different cookie plans. She wanted to go big. So big she decided to make a Cookie Pizza.
I believe the base of the cookie was identical to the recipe, but she changed up the toppings, because that’s how we roll around here. I know, groan. Pardon my cliche. Instead of sprinkling on chocolate chips and marshmallows, she melted and spread chips over the baked peanut butter cookie and sprinkled on M & Ms. Another success. This was as addictive as the shortbread cookies, but in a different way. Lord help my waistband.
All of this raises a few questions. What was happening with the planets that day to compel both girls to bake? How can two sisters have such different opinions on what constitutes a cookie? Why can’t any of us follow recipes as written? And why do I have so many baking ingredients available in my pantry?
That’s all. Go outside and play now and have a wonderful summer weekend!