Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"Cookie. Earl Grey." Holiday Cookies from the Last Frontier

If you are of a certain nature, you'll get the reference.  Even if it's a little skewed.

For those of you who studiously avoided any contact with that compendium of programming comprising the Star Trek oeuvre for fear of nerd contagion, you'll be clueless.

"Tea.  Earl Grey. Hot," was a command uttered often and to the pathetic delight of Capt. Picard fans worldwide (that would have been a pubscent me).  When Next Generation episodes air on BBCAmerica, my husband will pause on the station and observe me for any signs of geekish delight unbecoming of a grown woman.  I comport myself beautifully, if only on the outside.

This doesn't stop me for craving a cup of Earl Grey.

Or at the very least, infusing lovely tuille fortune cookies with a splash of fragrant bergamot.

Cookie.  Earl Grey.

(makes about 20 cookies)


5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup AP flour
1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons Earl Grey Tea (pour a small amount of boiling water, a little over 3 tablespoons, over the tea bag and let it steep until the tea cools.  This creates a nice concentration of Bergamot flavor)


-Preheat oven to 400º
-whisk together the sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt
-combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with the paddle attachment until a smooth paste forms.

-On a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, spread a tablespoon of batter with an offset spatula into a 4 inch circle.  Only make about 4 circles of batter per sheet pan until you get proficient at making the cookies quickly.  Space them evenly apart.

-Bake for about 6 minutes or until the edges of the cookie just start to brown, turning the sheet pan half way through the cooking time.

-using an offset spatula, carefully pick up a round and fold in half and bend the cookie at the center, drawing the two ends toward each other.

-I don't have the moxy to put fortunes in during the folding, so I have them printed out and thread them through once I've finished.