Tuesday, March 31, 2009

TWD: Coconut Butter Thins

Another busy week, another last minute baking frenzy for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie pick. I was super excited about this one, as I love, I mean LOVE coconut. It's one of those things that people either love or hate. I'm a lover! So a big "thank you!" goes out to Jayne from The Barefoot Kitchen Witch who picked this week's recipe (check out her great pictures and cute kids!)

Since I'm all about the last minute often times I find the hardest thing about a recipe is getting the butter to room temperature. But other than that wait, this was super easy. I've really been loving the last few weeks where we've rubbed the zest of lemon/lime into the sugar. It's like a little aroma therapy/stress reduction treatment. And the idea of putting the dough into the zip top bag and rolling it out is genius - pure genius.

The only down side of this recipe is having left over macadamia nuts. I think I ate my daily -- or was it weekly -- amount of calories just snacking on them tonight. They are pure evil (Oh. So. Good. EVIL!).

Since it is late, and I only have one rack in my oven I'm baking two sheets worth of butter thins and I put the rest into the fridge and will bake those off later. I had a little bit of a math problem when cutting the dough into pieces (curse math!) so I have many more pieces, in a much smaller size than they should be. (Can I just take a moment to curse the bird outside my window singing. I'm all for birds singing. I truly love hearing them throughout the day. But it's 11:30pm and this guy is just warming up for his big solo. All last night I kept waking up to him singing. When the alarm went off this morning -- nothing! He must be desperate or an insomniac or something! Sorry, I feel better now).

I've been doing this TWD thing long enough to know that however the dessert tastes coming out of the oven isn't necessarily how it will taste when it cools. Usually it will taste better. Since these butter thins are unbelievably delicious (heaven I tell you!) out of the oven, I can only imagine how fantastic they will be in an hour. I was planning on going to bed. I may have to stay up a little longer than I planned (with my little birdy friend outside, this may not be a problem).

PS - I have to ask........was I the only one singing "put the lime with the coconut and shake it all up" while mixing ingredients? Honestly -- I wasn't alone, was I???


Pamela said...

Quite a few people were singing that song. I, on the other hand, had just gotten it out of my head until reading your post. Now I will be thinking of it for the rest of the morning.

That bird situation is certainly interesting. I'm not sure I've ever heard a bird singing that late at night.

Right...the cookies! I loved these! I should have saved some, but I didn't. Guess I'll have to make them again. :o) Nice job.

Karetn said...

These are even better the next day, I think, so go to bed!
Your cookies are so cute and shortbread-y!

Tracey said...

Great job on your cookies! Glad you enjoyed them so much. I also love rubbing the zest with the sugar - it smells heavenly!!

Amanda said...

Well they look gorgeous, yours didnt spread like mine! I liked these cookies more than I thought I would. I keep nibbling at them LOL

Anonymous said...

Yours didn't spread like mine did. They maintained their cute little shape. Oh these cookies were great the next day. Not that they weren't wonderful right out of the oven!

Leslie said...

Jenn, you crack me up. Your cookies look amazing! I don't know how you got them so perfectly shaped. What's your secret? Maybe that bird is your muse and is making your baking go more smoothly?

Jayne said...

Great job with the cookies! And we have birds here that need to practice at odd hours, too. Don't they know what time it is?

Thanks for baking with me this week!