TWD: Coconut and Lime Butter Thins
Unlike last week's Tuesdays With Dorie selection, the Blueberry Crumb Cake, these delectable cookies were rather unassuming in Dorie Greenspan's cookbook Baking From My Home to Yours. You see, the crumb cake enticed me immediately with its beautiful color pictures and the two pages of instructions- but the cookies took up one page and had no picture at all. This is why I feel so indebted to Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch for selecting this wonderful recipe! These are really delicious cookies. They are simple to mix together and very easy to roll out (thanks to Dorie's method of rolling the dough out in a ziploc bag and refrigerating it in said ziploc) and easy to cut.
The cookie is very buttery and crisp but not quite as crumbly as a shortbread or as chewy as a lace cookie- it falls somewhere in between the two. It is flavored with lime zest, shredded coconut, and a pinch of coriander. The recipe calls for chopped macadamia nuts too, but alas, I have to cut back on costs somewhere and those fancy little nuts were just not in my budget! I bet they would have been delicious!
There was some debate about how the cookies were supposed to look after being baked. You see, they seem like they will hold their perfect little square shape but they really spread quite a bit and get kind of lacy around the edges. I had to laugh because my husband, Derrick, looked at the recipe that was working with and asked, "how do you know what they're supposed to look like if there isn't a picture?", Ok, so obviously he doesn't look through the book very much because only about 1/2 of the recipes include pictures...but I do have to agree with him that a picture would have been helpful since this not a standard chocolate chip cookie or a blueberry muffin- you don't know what its going to look like in the end! Although I will say that I was a little upset that the cookie didn't hold its shape at first, I pretty much forgot about the shape when I bit into one! The flavors intensify if the cookies are left in an air tight container overnight making the lime zest an even more unexpected and wonderful treat!