Tuesday, August 08, 2006

A little cookie for the ladies

Lime Meltaways
Makes about 10 dozen
The dough for these icebox cookies can be frozen in logs for up to two months.

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
Grated zest of 2 limes
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream butter and 1/3 cup sugar until fluffy. Add lime zest, juice, and vanilla; beat until fluffy.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add to butter mixture, and beat on low speed until combined.

3. Between two 8-by-12-inch pieces of parchment paper, roll dough into two 1 1/4-inch-diameter logs. Chill at least 1 hour.

4. Heat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Place remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Remove parchment from logs; slice dough into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. Place rounds on baking sheets, spaced 1 inch apart.

5. Bake cookies until barely golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. While still warm, place cookies in the sugar-filled bag; toss to coat. Bake or freeze remaining dough. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

These are the most delicious little cookies, you won't be able to stop eating them. I'm making them for our Enrichment beading class at my house tonight. I wish you all could come! We get two people out to our book club, but over 20 are coming to make a necklace...hmmm, what do women want? It seems they prefer beading to reading, enriching their necks as opposed to what sits on top of them. What are the interests of the women you know? What are yours? I am always on the lookout for new ideas to entertain the RS ladies!!


Allison M. said...

These cookies sound divine! I am always up for a good recipe.

Beading would be so much fun. A good summer activity.

Good luck with RS!

Jenny said...

Good luck with your enrichment night. I must say you are outta control with that fabulous presentation box and all! j/k They sound great.

amy w. said...

Yum! You are an awesome cook, so I would trust ANY of your recipes! I want to come and make a necklace too!

Tasha said...

How did beading go? For the record, I would be up for beading OR reading with you! Our ward did a "Total Health" night last month, we had a HUGE turn out. The first mini class was on spiritual health, the committee made delicious smoothies ahead of time and had them in the fridge, then set them on a table in to-go cups for the ladies to grab while the walked to the next class (with either a bag of pretzels or carrots). The second class was taught by a Family Medicine resident about women's heath issues. (Each class was 20 minutes long). The third class was on feeling good on the outside too:quick tips for pulling it together 5 minute makeup, what products to get at the drugstore, which ones to splurge on, etc. We were going to do a "what not to wear" thing, but ran out of time to pull it together (I was going to volunteer to be "dressed" by my friend the fashion maven. It was fun, people had lots of questions and they loved the smoothies. I woulod have LOVED to bead with you. Please post a pic of the finished project!

Shawna B. said...

Did you say LIME COOKIES? Yeah, I am all over that. Lime is my favorite flavor. I just discovered the best marinade for summer lime chicken - a little olive oil, a little garllic, some fresh cilantro, and lime, of course. Heaven!

I love the box you used for the cookies. I am always drawn to things beautifully wrapped.

Jordan said...

I hate to disappoint, but I actually downloaded that picture from Martha Stewart's website (it is her recipe)--I just stuck the cookies in a bowl. But, it was orange!!

TX Girl said...

The cookies look delicious. What a fun enrichment activity. We just have a knitting night, but it is more of a general bring projects type of night.

If I lived in your ward, I would want you to teach me to paint, make stars, cook, sushi, beading.. ahh why oh why didn't y'all come to Dallas?

ingrid said...

Jordan, I have always been so impressed by your style and culinary talents. I have a weakness for anything lime! How lucky the RS ladies are to have you!

I thought I would share a fun Enrichment that our ward here in Gainesville enjoyed recently...a Classical Music Soiree followed by International Cuisine. It was a huge hit with 60 ladies in attendance. We had a concert featuring musicians in our ward performing the violin, viola, cello, oboe, piano, and voice. Only classical pieces were performed and immediately following the concert, the ladies tasted yummy treats from around the world. We are now planning to have this event every three months featuring different genres of music during each evening (Jazz, Baroque, Romantic, Christmas, etc...)

Jordan said...

Ingrid, that is a brilliant idea, I will have to scout out the musicians in our ward!

Stephanie said...

I think our relief society has something planned just about every night of the week. I'm in a married student ward out here in Ohio so there are a lot of activities to keep wives busy while husbands are studying(who knew there would be enough Mormons in Columbus to have a married student ward and two singles wards?). Under the new enrichment guidelines we have a lot of clubs: Book club (ours doesn't get good attendance either), children's book club, photography club, recipe exchange club (they meet once a month and have a theme and three people bring samples of their recipes), card exchange clubs, current events discussion group, FHE kit exchange group, and a humanitarian club. We also have a midweek activity every Wednesday morning for the stay at home moms and their kids. THey do things like meet at the hosts house to runn through the sprinklers or go to the zoo or tour a chocolate factory. I'm always jealous that I can't go. We also have girls night out once a month that usually involves somthing fun like getting ice cream or getting trips at a driving range or playing volleyball.

It's a lot, but it's nice because you don't feel pressure to go to everything, you can just pick and choose what you want to do.