Thursday, January 12, 2012

Baking and trying out my new Kitchen Aid mixer.

 For Christmas I got a Kitchen Aid stand mixer.  Today was the first time I've used it.

I made Paula Deen's Gooey Butter Cake.  Oh my goodness it is sooo good. 

My next thing to try out is going to be Strawberry Shortcake cookies.  I found this recipe on the blog  

Here's the recipe:

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies
recipe very slightly adapted from Bakergirl

makes approximately 3 dozen cookies

12 ounces strawberries, hulled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
scrapings of one vanilla bean
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, stir together the strawberries, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of the sugar; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, vanilla bean scrapings, and remaining sugar. Rub the zest into the sugar with your fingertips until moist and fragrant.

Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to the zest/sugar mixture and whisk to combine. Using a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mixture until you have coarse crumbs. Add the cream to the bowl and stir until the dough starts to come together, then very gently fold in the strawberry mixture.

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, evenly spaced apart. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown. Transfer the pans to wire racks and let the cookies cool. Serve the day they are baked.

Check back soon to find out how these came out.


PJ said...

Hey Renee! Just so you know, my hubby would absolutely fall in love with you. He loves Paula Deen and her recipes! He enjoys cooking, so I got him a Paula Deen cook book for Christmas. LOL!

I am curious to know how Harrison is. I have been praying for him constantly and requesting prayer for him at church on Sundays and Wednesdays. How's his family holding up? I know it has to be tough, (tough being an understatement). Just please let them know that they have people here in Texas praying for them OK?
God Bless you for reaching out for them.


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