Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Childhood Cookie Connection

If you are a child of the 80's like myself, the words Strawberry Shortcake have more meaning to you than just dessert. I couldn't help but think of my beloved childhood doll when I turned the page to find Martha Stewart's Cookie of the Month in her June 2009 edition of Living. I can still remember the dolls scented hair mixed with the smell of her plastic face. That is one very distinct smell from my childhood that is still clear in my mind as an adult. As I made these cookies I felt very nostalgic as they triggered memories of one of my favorite possessions growing up.
Strawberry-Shortcake Cookies
Martha Stewart Living June 2009

12 ounces strawberries, hulled and cut into 1/4-inch dice (2 cups)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3 ounces (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup heavy cream
sanding sugar, for sprinkling

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine strawberries, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and remaining 7 tablespoons granulated sugar in a large bowl. Cut in the the butter

with a pastry cutter, or rub in with your fingers, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in cream until dough start to come together,

then stir in strawberry mixture.

2. Using a 1 1/2 inch ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment, spacing evenly apart. Sprinkle with sanding sugar,

and bake until golden brown, 24 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool.

Cookies are best served immediately. Right from the oven they had a biscuit-like quality and were crunchy and moist at the same time. It was perfection. I didn't eat them the next day, but my husband said they got very soggy and although the flavor was still good they lost the texture that made them so appealing the night before. So be sure to make these right before you plan to eat them. They are not bake ahead cookies by any means.

9 comments:

Krista said...

Those are some good looking cookies! I love strawberry shortcake. You can't go wrong with these!

Michelle said...

I just read that magazine, and I have to say you're cookies look more appealing to me then Martha's!

teresa said...

Oh my gosh, would it be wrong to make these and eat them all for breakfast!

Crafty P said...

oh wow, those look yummy. very muffin-esque.

I still remember, fondly, the christmas I got the HUGE strawberry shortcake house!

Katherine Aucoin said...

These look fantastic. I have never had these but now I must try them!

Elizabeth said...

Teresa,

If it is wrong - who would want to be right? Go for it!

Kerstin said...

What a cool cookie!

My mom sold all my Strawberry Shortcake dolls at a garage sale when I was a teenager without my knowledge - I'm still a little sad about it!

Lindsay said...

I loved my Strawberry Shortcake dolls as a kid too. My mom saved them and pulled them out a few years ago for my nieces to play with, and after being around for 20+ years, those dolls still smelled like strawberries!

gaga said...

I used to have a strawberry shortcake blanket that I totally forgot about until I saw this post!