Go ahead, laugh, I can take it.
I had fun last week hand dipping some beeswax candles for Lantern Fest, the candles will be sold as part of their fundraising efforts for the lighthouse.
And just cause I can't keep out of the kitchen, I decided to help them out by baking some cookies.
I was going to make some cookies I call Grand Slams, (I'll make some soon and will share the recipe) but I decided to go ahead and pick up the theme of the the Lantern Fest, well, kinda pick it up, and since Halloween will only be a week away I thought,
And not just any pumpkins, Pumpkins that looked like they had stained glass inserts, that you could hold up to the light and see through.
Wait for it...
I decided to try a twist on the regular sugar cookie.
I'm not real fond of oranges, quite frankly, but I like a hint of orange flavour in a lot of foods.
I know, right?
Well, I bought this Mandarin Fused Olive Oil and wondered how it would be in a cookie. I wasn't too sure if it would work, but I wasn't going to use more than a couple of tablespoons as part of the fat in the dough, so I thought it might work. I mean the Greeks and other Mediterranean countries have been using Olive Oil for centuries, and I bet they used Olive Oil in cookies. Actually I know they did cause I googled it.
Here's my take on Orange Halloween cookies. And they're semi healthy, cause they are made with Olive Oil, and not a lot of sugar either.
Recipe: Mandarin Orange Halloween Cookies Makes about 6 dozen.
1/4 cup Mandarin Fused Olive Oil
1/4 cup Butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. Lemon Extract (I used my Homemade Lemon Extract)
1 tsp. Orange Zest
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Sift the flour and baking powder together and set aside. Cream the butter, sugar and Mandarin fused olive oil together until the sugar has dissolved into the butter/olive oil. Add the egg and mix well, then add the lemon extract and finally the flour mixture.
Preheat oven to 375, then,
Take out half the dough, roll out thinly and cut into shapes. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until they just start to brown.
Here's where I had fun. I thought it would be kinda cool to make some stained glass looking cookies.
Took them out and let them cool on the Silpat sheet, then peeled them off very carefully.
I decided that was just too fiddly as I was running short on time, so I just made some more pumpkin shapes, sprinkled them with some turbinado sugar, and took the rest of the dough, rolled it out and cut that into little squares.
Oh and the red thing at the side, to the right?
Well I had a lot of crushed candies so I decided to let them melt together.
I now have a giant lollipop without a stick in it.