Thursday, December 24, 2009

Day 7 - Princess Gems

12 Days of Cookies
A little over 20+ years ago, I tasted a cookie that was so amazing I just couldn't forget it. We moved away before I could track down the recipe but I never forgot the taste of that incredible cookie. Then we were transferred to Minnesota where there was a lovely little shop that carried all kinds of baking supplies and I found the recipe. It calls for a very unusual ingredient...Bakers' ammonia. Yes, it actually smells like ammonia, in the jar (do not take a big whiff of it!) and while it's baking, but after the ammonia cooks away...you're left with a cookie that's light and airy and that literally melts in your mouth! You can read about Ammomia powder and it's uses here.
Princess Gems

Makes approx. 10-1/2 dozen

1 c. butter
1/2 c. butter flavor shortening
2 t. Bakers' ammonia
2 c. sugar
1-1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Cream butter and shortening. Add the Bakers' Ammonia and sugar and cream well. Add flur, a little at a time, mixing thoroughly. Fold in coconut.

For into 3/4" balls and place 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheet (Silpat or parchment lined).

Bake 18-20 min. or until light brown around the edges. Sift with confectioner's sugar when cool.

Note: If you plan to freeze these, do not sift on the the confectioner's sugar until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

I will post a completed cookie tray on Christmas Day and will resume the cookie recipes on the 26th.

From my heart to yours, Merry Christmas!


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