Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesdays With Dorie: Coconut Butter Thins + an announcement

Before I get started with another round of Tuesdays With Dorie, I want to give my fellow TWD bakers and my readers a heads-up:

In mid-April, I'm leaving for a work trip to Sweden. I'll be gone for almost two weeks, and working, on average, 12-15 hours a day. Needless to say my posting will be sporadic during this time! I'm aiming to get some scheduled posts ready to go for while I'm out of the country, but since I'll be so busy prepping for my big work event, I'm not certain that I'll have time.

I definitely won't have time to do much Tuesdays With Dorie baking this month. I'll try to make at least one recipe, but can't make any guarantees. So while I won't be around for part of April, don't forget about me - I'll be back to my regular TWD schedule in May, and back to my regular blogging schedule sooner.

Now, on with the show.

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, courtesy of Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch, is coconut butter thins. I have to admit that I wasn't terribly excited to make these based on the title alone, since I really don't like shortbread and these sounded an awfully lot like shortbread.

But I thought I'd take a chance, especially since these buttery cookies contain coconut, lime zest, and coriander. Definitely more exotic than your average shortbread.

I doubled the lime zest and rubbed it, with sugar, between my fingers before adding it to the dough. This made the batter taste so good. I kept sneaking little spoonfuls of it. It tasted so fresh and tropical! The recipe also called for macadamia nuts, although I left these out.

I did find that, even though I rolled out the cookies exactly to specifications, they ended up cooking much faster than Dorie said. The cookies weren't supposed to colour at all but they had browned quite a bit by the time I got them out of the oven. I should have been watching them more carefully, but I didn't. Oh, well!

I also thought that the baked cookies were much less flavourful than the batter, although I suppose that's to be expected. But since the batter was somebody-take-this-mixer-bowl-away-from-me delicious, I was still a bit disappointed at the loss of flavour.

But you know what? These grew on us. We weren't overly impressed at first but kept snacking on them and liking them more with time. Suddenly the cookie jar is almost empty and I find myself wanting more.

Next time, though, I'm quadrupling the lime zest and adding more coriander.

Thanks for the selection, Jayne! You can visit her blog for the recipe.


Steph March 31, 2009 at 7:20:00 AM EDT  

Wow, Sweden, that sounds like fun!

Pamela March 31, 2009 at 8:13:00 AM EDT  

Sounds like you are going to be very busy. I hope you get to see a bit of Sweden while you're there. The cookies look great! We will see you soon!

vibi March 31, 2009 at 9:37:00 AM EDT  

Oh! WOW! Lucky you! Sweden... all those blond and blue eyed crazy good looking men! LOL ...Okay, well, they say it is not because you're on a diet, you can't read the menu! LOL Ya know! LOL Kidding... but do say hello to Bjorg for me! LOL

Perhaps you should pack some of those extra nice cookies of yours, just in case... they don't understand you!!! LOL When in doubt, offer a cookie! LOL

Lillian March 31, 2009 at 1:42:00 PM EDT  

That's funny -- we liked the cookies much more than the dough, and we're dough fiends!

matty March 31, 2009 at 1:44:00 PM EDT  

Those suckers were addictive!

Secret Server March 31, 2009 at 2:10:00 PM EDT  

Beautiful cookies and I hope you have some fun on your working trip.

Leslie March 31, 2009 at 4:10:00 PM EDT  

Weren't these tempting little suckers? I took them to work because they were on the expressway to my thighs. Enjoy your time in Sweden!!

Kaitlin March 31, 2009 at 9:10:00 PM EDT  

Thanks for all your well wishes, everyone!

MaryBeth March 31, 2009 at 10:38:00 PM EDT  

I know you will be busy but I really hope you find the time to enjoy your surroundings and have a great time...Bring me back something cute! Your cookies look simply perfect Kait!

Tracey April 1, 2009 at 12:17:00 AM EDT  

Wow, sounds like you'll be busy. Have a good trip! Great job on your cookies. Glad you enjoyed them.

Teanna April 1, 2009 at 9:04:00 AM EDT  

The batter was so much more flavorful! I couldn't stop eating it! Have a great trip!

Jennifer April 1, 2009 at 9:31:00 AM EDT  

I totally agree about the dough. I baked half of mine and the rest of the dough is in my fridge, but I've been snacking on it, a piece here and there. Luckily, no eggs.

I will also add more coriander next time and hopefully will have a lime in stock, as I ended up subbing in lemon zest, which was fine, but I think lime would be better.

Amanda April 1, 2009 at 10:30:00 AM EDT  

Well they look gorgeous! I liked these cookies more than I thought I would. I keep nibbling at them LOL

Donna-FFW April 1, 2009 at 2:41:00 PM EDT  

Cookies look fanastic.. Ive been seeing these all over today. Such a great treat.

TeaLady April 1, 2009 at 4:21:00 PM EDT  

Would love Sweden. Lucky you. Great cookies. They did grow on you, huh! Tasty.

HoneyB April 2, 2009 at 7:52:00 AM EDT  

I will make these, I love lime and coconut...I just need the energy to make them! :o)

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