How about this idea?
So what about something like this?
What about pistachio's for a touch of green? I went with that idea for a while and had a pistachio biscotti and one other pistachio cookie picked out, but I wasn't sold on either one.
And then I thought of a man at work who is from England and whose mother is Irish. This started to get me inspired.
So I asked him for a cookie that he remembered from his childhood. He smiled and said he would have to think about it. Before too long I got an email from him with these two cookies:
A Mikado. Now this isn't the Mikado that is like Poky. This is the Ireland Mikado - a shortbread cookie with raspberry jam plus 10 marshmallow puffs and coconut on top. They look like this.
None. I found none. I could read people describing these cookies, but I couldn't find any copycats, so I decided to try my hand at replicating based on what I had read. And while I didn't match either one of them perfectly, I at least made something that folks enjoyed.
Here were my Half-Irish friend's comments:
They look delicious. Takes me back to my grandma's kitchen! Many a happy vacation spent in Co. Claire, Ireland.
That was high praise already. Those came simply from looking at the pictures. To be reminded of your grandmother's kitchen? I'd won. Right then and there, I'd won. But here is what he said after tasting each of the four options I had.
Deb, they were wonderful. The level of ginger was spot on, very close to the actual branded ones. My preference was definitely the ones that had the actual marshmallow versus the marshmallow creme, but I could each of bunch of either!
So I still considered these a win. And they were gone pretty quickly at work yesterday morning!
Ready for the recipes and pics? I will start with the Mikado, since I really don't have much of a recipe to share for these. Also I am fairly certain my version of the Mikado was the least like the original of the two cookies I tried to replicate, but that's ok. I don't feel badly about that at all.
I used my go to Murbteig shortbread from Helen Fletcher, but any shortbread would do. I rolled it between two sheets of waxed paper and dropped it into a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan and spread it as evenly in thickness as I could.
That is where I ended on Tuesday night with these. Before work Thursday morning, I finished these off with the raspberry jam and marshmallow ideas. First I seeded the raspberry jam. This isn't hard; it is just a bit time consuming. I melted the jam and then pushed it through a fine mesh strainer. I just didn't want the seeds to interfere with the texture. I read online that the real Mikados use apple jelly with raspberry flavor and coloring, and I understand why. Apples are less expensive and the seeds are much easier to deal with! Please note - seeds on the left. Seedless on the right.
Oh bother. Why not both?!
Would I do these again? Yes, I would. They are quite tasty if you are looking for a tea time type cookie. The tartness of the raspberry is balanced with the sweetness of the marshmallow - either way you do marshmallow. And the shortbread is a simple but slightly sweet base for the fun going on up top. And if you're not a coconut fan, please don't let that deter you from trying these. There is very little coconut (at least on my interpretation) so I heard anti-coconut people saying that they actually liked the complement of the coconut, but it wasn't pronounced.
Which marshmallow option did I prefer? I liked the marshmallow creme option on these better, but I heard positive comments both ways, so it's pretty much a personal preference.
Now for the Kimberley. This is actually an original recipe - somewhere between a lightly spiced ginger cookie and a whoopee pie. I made it up Tuesday night, and these were the first to go!
|1/2 t. allspice|
|3/4 t. salt|
|2 egg whites|
|2 T. molasses|
|2 T. buttermilk powder|
|2 1/2 c. all purpose flour|
|3 T. cornstarch|
|3/4 t. baking soda|
|1/4 c. water|
|1 t. vanilla|
shortening, sugars, baking powder and spices together until|
light and fluffy.