(In my best Count from Sesame Street voice) Today I have two – 2! – cookies for you. aha hahaha. I have the Linzer Sables chosen by noskos (Dennis) of Living the Life and Grandma’s All Occasion Sugar Cookies chosen by Ulrike of Kuchenlatein. Fancy cookies chosen by Europeans. Coincidence? I think not.
When I was in college I studied abroad in Brussels. While there I was an intern at the Center for European Jewish Information with another American student. On our last day, Ben, the head of the agency, took the whole office to lunch. I will never forget what he said to me. “Melissa could easily pass for European but, Kelly, you are definitely an American.” To this day I have no idea if this was an insult, a compliment or just a general observation. It was long before I even knew there was a second George Bush and Ben was always nice to me so I am going with general observation. (Did you hear that? All of the non-Americans in the group just chuckled knowingly).
If my taste in desserts is any indication, then Ben was spot on. I am not much of a “side of the tea cup” kind of dessert lover. If it doesn’t feel luxurious and sinful going in, then I am likely to pass. I was well into adulthood before I realized that some people actually order plain sugar cookies (and don’t just eat them because, you know, they are there and they are cookies) and choose vanilla ice cream…over other flavors, lots of other flavors. I had always assumed they were like pie crust — an important part of the equation to be sure but mainly a delivery device for something else. We had vanilla ice cream in the freezer every day of my childhood. Never once did I see anyone eat even a spoonful plain.
If these cookies are the equivalent of a nice cup of tea then I guess I am a chocolate syrup (straight from the bottle) kind of woman.
I am pleased to report that my baking mojo has not been lost forever. After the last few weeks, I was starting to worry. My linzer sables came together well. Some of the shapes worked well and some (below) did not. No fancy confectioners’ sugar pics. I packed most away in the freezer for Christmas cookie trays, except for the ones Will grabbed. He isn’t interested in any philosophical debates over cookie categorization.
I preferred the sugar cookies. I chilled the dough overnight and didn’t have any problems. I made half into a very liberal interpretation of a log and left half in the fridge to be rolled and cut in a day or so. I kept the logs pretty simple. I plan on dipping the shapes into chocolate…cuz while these were good, they would be even better with a little more. And I think we have clearly established that I cannot decorate to save my life. Did you see the shape of the log cookies?
For the full Linzer Sable recipe click here. For the sugar cookies click here. Thanks to Dennis and Ulrike for making me bake some “fancy” cookies. To see the rest of the sugar cookies click here. You should. Some of these people can really decorate.