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Saturday, May 31, 2008


cookie carnival :: may round-up!

it's round-up time!

i am so excited to say that this is our biggest carnival yet--12 participants came through. which is so great! i'm thrilled to have all these folks focusing our food obsession on cookies once a month with me.

on to this month's cookie! from Emeril (bam!) came our recipe for
BLUEBERRY DROP COOKIES. i have to say, i LOVED these cookies. they were one of the things i baked for the bake sale i told you about recently. yum. they were light and airy while still being moist---tasty! i made a few tweaks to the recipe which i noted below.

this recipe also marked the first time i ever used shortening. i usually balk at it...just the *idea* of it, but this time i thought, "i'll trust good ol' emeril and see what it's like." it certainly made a light cookie--like little blueberry-lemon cloud, they were. so, i can see why peeps use the shortening. so, thanks emeril!



* one-half cup shortening
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 egg
* one-fourth cup milk
* one-half teaspoon almond extract i omited this--thought i had some in the cabinet, but didn't, so i used a bit of vanilla and added some fresh lemon juice to kick up the lemon aspect, which was yum.
* one and one-half teaspoons grated lemon zest
* 2 cups all purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* One-half teaspoon salt
* 1 cup blueberries, rinsed and picked over i used frozen.

1. in a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, sugar, egg, milk, almond extract and lemon zest, mixing well after the addition of each ingredient. slowly add the flour, baking powder and

salt. fold in the blueberries and mix until well blended. since i used frozen and feared they would make the dough a soppy mess, i did not add blueberries at this stage, but rather let the dought chill w/o 'em.

2. cover and chill for 4 hours. preheat oven to 375 degrees. drop the dough by teaspoonfuls, (i added the frozen blueberries to each spoonful) one and one-half inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. bake 12 to 15 minutes. remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before removing them with a spatula.

Makes about 4 dozen. mine did not yield nearly this many. mine might have been a *tad* large, but not my too much and i only got 2 dozen out of it.

let's find out how everyone else did! i hope i got all the right pics with the right people and the links to all of your posts in there properly. if anyone finds an error, email me. i'm starting to see double here!

first there's holly over at Phemomenon.

she's funny because she is a self-proclaimed food "fiddler." she loves to tweak the recipes and i love that. here's a bit of her post. "In the beginning I was just going to substitute half the shortening with some butter, just for flavor, just because. Then, I got thinking about how much I love orange with blueberry, so I switched out the lemon." read the rest on her blog.

Jen, the Beantown Baker is next.though she's been on the email list for a while now, this is her first entry in the carnival and we're so happy to have her. read her post (and many others!) here.

on to hygeian at Phamished.

she give some great bits on the health benefits of blueberries. read her post here.

sihan of Fundamentally Flawed is up next.

here's a bit of her blog post. "A simple recipe that calls for minimal ingredients yet yield such a delectable goodie all a very short span of time. We're talking about express cookies on the go over here! *yum*." read the rest here.

next we have april and Abby Sweets.

she also went for the vanilla rather than the almond. it's fun to see how people like to change things up. read her post here.

tiffany of Lattes and Life is next. isn't that a good blog name?

she has a fun little tale to tell about how she got a hold of her blueberries. check out her post here.

robin of Made With Love is up next.

she also found that the recipe didn't yield as much as it said it would. so, thanks robin for helping me feel less crazy! read her post here.

next up is temperance at High on the Hog.

this is her first carnival and her post cracked me up. here's a bit of it. "Thoughts while baking...Pure almond extract may smell good but you really don't want to try it. Also Ammaretto is not an adequate substitute (darn it). I have always wondered when you zest a lemon what are you suppose to do with the rest of it?" read the rest of her post here.

and on to the hilarous kitty over at Boring History Girl. she's had trouble with nearly every cookie recipe, but bless her heart she keeps at it!!! i love getting her emails. check out her post here.

next up is megan over at My Baking Adventures

she also has the food "fiddler" bug. she omitted the BLUEBERRIES. cookie carnival renegade is what she is. here's a bit of her post. "Now, being the person that I am, I couldn’t leave well enough alone. I asked Kate if I could try a different fruit, as blueberries aren’t too popular with certain family members. And I felt really silly asking her that, considering the name of the cookies are BLUEBERRY Drop Cookies." read on HERE.

on to steph over at Steph Chows.

now it's getting just silly. she also tweaked the recipe. the fun thing about hers is that she tricked them out health-food style. check her post here.

finally, we have megan over at Megan's Cookin'.

she noted that the unbaked little cookie dough lumps look sorta like aliens. it's true. check out her post here.

whew! that's all 12 of you! hooray! thanks, everyone for participating. JUNE'S cookie recipe is coming soon.

i stand corrected---THIRTEEN of you. we had a late comer to the round-up. mari of Mevrouw Cupcake!
she paired hers with lemon ice cream and frankly, the thought of this has me just squealing with delight over here. i can't believe that i can't try a bite of it right at this very moment. she's got a great post up telling her tale of baking these little beauties and a great book recommendation, to. i've already got it on hold at the library. thanks, mari! better late than never!

happy summer!

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Blogger Kitty said...

oh god, now i really do feel like a failure!!! these all look so good. i still have some berries and some shortening left over, so i might give these another go this arvo. damn it, i will be a biscuit baker, even if it kills me!!!

May 31, 2008 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Great round-up! Thanks for all your work and time.

May 31, 2008 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger PheMom said...

Mmmm... now I want to make these all over again. You've convinced me to give shortening a chance too. Oh, by the way, I only baked up a few of the cookies on the day I made them. I froze the rest in the portioned out balls and baked them later a few at a time (as needed) straight from freezer to oven - they were still great. Thanks again for a new favorite recipe and a great roundup!

June 1, 2008 at 1:42 AM  
Blogger Hygeian Stew said...

I only got about 2 dozen cookies out of the recipe as well, but mine were a little on the large side.

Thanks for all your hard work, the round up looks great!

June 1, 2008 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Thanks for another month! I never would have tried blueberry cookies if not for you. Can't wait for the recipe reveal for June!! Oh, and I tagged you for a meme on my blog, if you're so inclined!

June 2, 2008 at 8:38 AM  

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