This time around the BAKED Â choice was some cookies, speculaas to beÂ exact and it wasÂ co-hosted with Baked Sunday Mornings, another Â group of bakers baking through BAKED Explorations.Â I wasn’t sure if I was going to bake along this time because I wasn’t too excited about these cookies, but I figured… why not, especially since I had all of the ingredients on hand (except for the orange zest which I ended up leaving out). I do agree that these made the perfect snack to enjoy with a cup of tea. MyÂ husbandÂ and I are big tea drinkers and not only was this a great snack while I finished re-reading the Hunger GamesÂ (can’t wait for the movie!), we were able to enjoy a few of these with our afternoon cup of NYC Breakfast yesterday.Â This recipe was super easy.Â I didn’t have a pastry cutter (should probably get one of those one day), so I just used a large fork to get all of that Â butter into my dry mix. I guess this was the hardest part. IÂ didn’t seem to matter too much. Once I got itÂ into a ball and wrapped I putÂ in the fridge for a little over 60 minutes. After that it was time to roll, literally! Â I’m not sure that these were a 1/4 in. thick as suggested. IÂ think they may have been a little on the thin side since I got more cookies than what the recipe said I would. I’ve thought about buying those cookie slats because I feel like I never get the dough the right thickness. I guess if I start making more cookies I might invest in those. I ended up just using my round cookie cutter. I think the cookies were a pretty good size. After they were on the cookie sheet I sprinkled each one with some William-Sonoma White Sanding SugarÂ . We enjoyed some of these a few minutes afterÂ taking these out of the oven. I think I actually liked them the best when they were a little warm. I have always been more of a soft, rather than hard, cookie fan. Â If you are intrigued by these speculaas and want to make them yourself, you can find the recipe here. Or, if you just want to check out the other baker’s links go to Club: BAKED!
January 31st, 2012
Posted under Cookies