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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

"Walk the dog"

and "around the world" are probably tricks you wouldn't want to try with these Yoyos. I've been wanting to make these cookies since I first saw them in Cookies Unlimited by Nick Malgieri. I tend to burn myself out on cookies after my Christmas cookie extravaganza and I don't want to make another cookie for a few months after. I've had these bookmarked since I came across this recipe. I did contact my friend Graham, who has lived in Australia for a good portion of his life, about Yoyos and he informed me that they are extremely morish. That was enough of an endorsement for me! He also said that he favors the plain filling to the lemon filling, but I'm a bit partial to lemon myself, so that is what I made. I'm very curious to make these with a chocolate ganache filling next, I think they will be quite tasty.

Yoyos: (adapted from Cookies Unlimited by Nick Malgieri) The book says this makes 30 cookies, but I'm wondering just how small the cookie scoop was that got that sort of yield. I doubled the recipe and got 48 half cookies yielding 24 cookies once they were filled.

Cookie Dough:
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 ounces (12 Tbsp) unsalted room temperature butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
-Heat oven to 350f. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
-Cream the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla together for about 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
-Add the flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder and mix to blend.
-Scoop the dough onto the prepared cookie sheets leaving about an inch of space between. Using a fork dipped in flour, press a criss-cross pattern onto the top of each cookie.
-Bake for 12 -14 minutes or until the cookies are a light brown color.
-Cool the cookies completely on a rack.

The Lemon Filling:
3 ounces (6 Tbsp) unsalted room temperature butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Cream together the butter and powdered sugar, add the lemon juice and blend well.
-Spread a bit of the filling on the bottom half of one cookie and top it with another cookie so the cross marks show out.

I must agree with Graham, these cookies are very morish indeed! Although for more lemon flavor I would recommend a bit of minced lemon zest in either the cookie or the filling.

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bakerina said...

Now I want these for breakfast. Great. ;)

Seriously, these are some beautiful yoyos. I have Nick's cookie book, but I've never made these. Obviously this will need to be corrected. :)

Deborah said...

These are the kind of cookies that make me want to run out and make cookies right now!

David Shoemaker said...

I wasn't able to get it to sleep, but I can say that it was absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing!

yuko said...

You should rename them to Yum-yum cookies! They are quite delicious! Also, the pictures you take are really fantastic! :D

Jamie said...

These delicious cookies had me going back and forth, back and forth, between my desk and the kitchen!

chris said...

I got a cookie, and learned a new word; moorish. Just fabulous. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Delicious...although I did enjoy the photographs too. You should start shooting for magazine ads. Or at least try and post them on various places to get royalties from.

Katya said...

YUMMMMM! They are so good! I am so stealing the recipe from you!

P.S. Happy Birthday!

Jen the Bread Freak said...

Bakerina: Thank you! I hope you do get around to making them, they tasted sooo good and the amount of time it took to make them was very little :D.

Deborah: Go! Go make cookies now! :) Thank you!

Thank you, Dave. I'm not familiar with the sleep trick! I do enjoy sending G to work with the goodies.

Yuko: Thanks so much for the compliments! I love taking the photos.

Thank you Jamie!

Chris: Morish is one of those wonderful words that G introduced me to quite some time ago.

Anon: Thank you, if I knew how to make royalties off of my photos, I would certainly do it.

Katya: G told me it was your birthday today also! So, Happy Birthday back atcha! :D

Lisa said...

Mmmmmmm. Soooo good. The pictures were enticing enough, but to taste them... they just melt! How is it possible that everything you make is delicious!?! (Teach me your secret!!!)

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (Pippa also sends your her birthday wishes...)

Ron said...

As a YoYo expert from the 60s I can say these are the most delicious YoYos I have ever tasted. The subtle flavor of lemon and the artistic carving of the cookies made for a sweet afternoon treat.

DaviMack said...

If you were to bake them at a lower temperature, so as to give them a lighter bottom, then you could "glue" them together by their faces and have "butterfly" yoyos. They look great!

Jen the Bread Freak said...

Lisa: Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, and thank Pippa for me too! I'm not sure what my secret is, but I'd be happy to share it with you :D.

Ron: Thank you very much, I'm glad to know that I could please a Yoyo expert! I'm happy all of you Polimetricians enjoyed :D

Thank you, Davimack! Hmmm, Yoyo butterflies to match the butterfly on the yo-yo, that could work :).

Megan said...

Oh wow, those look amazing!

Tartelette said...

Ah, the many great memories! The cookies look excellent!