Thursday, October 23, 2008

misc. #6.

Friday, October 24
The Pearl-Palms Concert Theatre
4321 W. Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Doors: 7:30 PM

i'm off to vegas to spend some quality time with dennis the menace & we're making the annual pilgrimage to see flogging molly. dennis the menace has been trying to win backstage passes. you'll have to trust me when i say that the notion of dennis the menace speed dialing a radio station for backstage passes is hilarious. yesterday he called to tell me that his latest speed-dial attempt had him 1 caller away from being the winner. they wanted caller 69, he was caller 68. this has made him even more dedicated to winning.

sometimes i can take a decent photo & sometimes i can't. these are some angel cookies i made & this is one of those times when i failed at the whole food photography thing.

angel cookies4a

i suppose i could've done a little better, but frankly i didn't have the time or patience to dedicate more than 5 minutes to getting a good photo of a pile of cookies. also, when the laptop crashed, i lost my photo editing software which means i have minimal photo-editing capabilities now. so unless photoshop drops from the sky, i'm going to have to find some time to become a better photographer because i don't like taking crap pictures of baked goods. (all ironies absurdities noted)

it's unusual that i would bake with shortening (i only use butter), but there's a backstory to why i made these which involves me being a jerk, so instead of elaborating on that i'll just say that i went in search of recipe that duplicates the Archway Nutty Nougat cookies they used to put out in the stores during the holidays & this is that recipe & they do taste like the Archway Nutty Nougat Cookies, so it was a success.

Angel Cookies
YIELD: 60 cookies

3/4 C shortening
1 1/2 C confectioners sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 C flour
2/3 C roasted, salted, chopped pecans

Oven to 325 deg. F. Line 2 cookie sheets with silpat or parchment
Beat shortening & confectioners sugar until light and creamy.
Add salt & vanilla & beat to combine.
Add flour at low speed, blending just to combine.
Stir in nuts.

On a lightly floured board, press dough out to approximately 1/4" thickness-- you can use a pin to roll it, but i don't think it's necessary to go to the trouble. the cookie dough is super easy to work with.

Cut out cookies with 1 1/2" round cookie cutter.

Place on silpat - 30 cookies per sheet. They don't spread when they bake, so you can fit a lot of cookies on the sheet.

Bake 7-8 minutes. Note: they don't brown, so they will still be white when you pull them out of the oven. Just make sure the tops give only slightly when you press them & you'll be fine.

Cool on a rack.