Do you know what it is like when you hit the jackpot with neighbors? Well I do!! We had the most lovely family move in a few months ago! Martha and Leighton and their most adorable daughter! They are sweet and have the most amazing Australian accents – and did I mention that Martha is an incredible cook (and not my type of cooking, which is more like assembling, she is a legit cook!). Not only is she an amazing cook, she also is all about using healthy and organic ingredients.
So Martha invited me over to bake some cookies, or biscuits, with her for a baby shower she is helping to host. She should teach baking classes…I learned SO much from her. I have always heard that “real” bakers use weight to measure their ingredients. Martha taught me how to do this – and the results are beyond compare. That being said, I am going to provide you with the weights and I will convert it as well. Please note, some of the weight conversions come out to some funky and not so round cup measurements, so do your best!!!! Also to note, this recipe is inspired by this lovely cookbook by Peggy Porschen called Boutique Baking. If you are looking for a gorgeous cookbook, this is worth investing in! Check it out by clicking this link. These cookies literally melt in your mouth – they are a must try!
Here’s what you need:
- 250 grams (1.087 cups) unsalted organic butter
- 190 grams (.826 cups) organic sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
- 2 limes
- 1 egg
- 500 grams (2.11 cups) sifted flour
Here’s what you do:
- Preheat oven to 345 degrees
- Create a finely grated zest from the orange, lemon and limes
- Combine butter, sugar, salt and zest and cream together until fluffy and creamy
- Beat the egg really well in a separate bowl and add to mixture
- Slowly add the sifted flour into the mixing bowl in small increments. (note: sifted flour will create a more delicate tasting pastry – don’t skip this step, it makes a difference!)
- Once all the ingredients are mixed well, kneed the dough and work it into a ball and wrap in cling wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes
- Cut the dough into half and place one half back in the refrigerator
- Using a rolling pin, roll it out to approximately 3 mm thick (see picture below)
- Cover a cookie pan with parchment paper
- Cut out your cookies into your desired shape
- Place them on the cookie sheet
- Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the edges start to get slightly brown around the edges
- Let cool completely
Oh wait…. look at these beautiful screened dish towels that Martha made – she is full of beautiful surprises!
Looking for some other delicious desserts – click on the pictures below!
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