Friday, May 25, 2007

Danish Wedding Cookies...

My favorite store bought cookie has always been.... the Keebler Danish Wedding Cookie. I haven't had these cookies in a LONG time. But the week before my first marathon, I had a fever... and the only prescription was Danish Wedding Cookies. So, before one of my training runs, I stopped at publix and bought a box and opened them in the car on the way to the park. I stuck my hand down inside into the powdery cookies and pulled one out...

"What the hell???? They changed them????"

Yes, they have been put on a diet. They are much thinner and have a much lighter coating of powdered sugar (if you can even call it a coating). I was disappointed. So disappointed that I only ate about half the box before my run!!

So, the quest began to find a recipe for original danish wedding cookies.

I found one recipe that swears that they taste just like them... (even better, some claimed!). But looking it over, it contained cinnamon (definitely not a flavor in the cookies) and didn't include any kind of coconut flavor (I could have sworn there was a hint of coconut flavor in the original cookies) or mini chocolate chips... so, I altered it...

Danish Wedding Cookies
20ish Servings
Soundtrack: Fully Loaded cd by Velvet Underground

1 cup + 2 tbsp of AP flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted and divided
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp coconut flavoring
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients except for 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar into a bowl and stir well until blended. Batter will be crumbly...

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. And bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Remove cookies to wire racks to cool slightly. Roll cookies in remaining powdered sugar and cool completely on wire rack.

So, the next time I make them... I think I will cook them for a little longer... a little closer to the 12 minutes and I also might chill the dough for a few minutes before shaping into balls and baking.

Taste wise, they taste a lot like the pink bag cookies, but texture wise... they are more melt in your mouth, than crunchy.


Oh and they are called wedding cookies... because..."the marriage of the nuts and sugars represent the bumps in the road and the sweetness that surrounds a happy marriage." Awwww...

Inaugural Post!

So, as an introduction... the mission of this blog is to encourage myself to cook more and try new recipes, etc... But, I can't promise that everything will be all about food, recipes, etc... because... I get off topic a lot in life...