One of these fine ladies was married to a fine gentleman who blessed her with six children - 5 girls and 1 boy. He coined the phrase that some foods were "strictly ladies luncheon". La Faire Complet often served things that were "strictly ladies luncheon" in this man's mind. She would talk with him about the quiche we would be serving or the chicken salad on croissants, and he would look at her and say in that lovingly intended, Southern Baptist husband way, "That is strictly ladies luncheon."
You know what I mean. Men will eat it, but you can tell that they are looking across the table wondering...."Where's the beef?"
In the case of these cookies, the question becomes, "Where's the chocolate chip cookies?" Or "Where's the brownies?" Or "Where's the apple pie?" Know what I mean?
Which is NOT to say that these aren't good cookies! They are! They are just more of a spring "chick" cookie. They're not a "guy" cookie. They are rather light and lemony and tangy from the lemon and raspberry - not too sweet, perfect with a cuppa tea or a mint julep on a sunny spring afternoon.
Here is the recipe:
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 T. grated lemon peel or 1/4 teaspoon lemon oil (I used both)
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt
2-3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1 - 2 oz white chocolate (my addition)
1/2 cup lemon icing or glaze (my addition)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl beat the butter, sugar, lemon flavorings, vanilla and salt until very light. Beat in the egg and then add the flour until well blended.
Using a cookie scoop, drop onto cookie sheets leaving about 2" between each. Then using your thumb, put an impression into the center of each one. (Like the ones on the left. The ones on the right are patiently waiting for me to imprint them!)
Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes and remove from the oven. Let the cookies cool about 5 minutes to firm up and then remove to a rack to finish cooling.
Once the cookies are cool, fill the indentation with a dab of raspberry jam.
And this is where the KAF recipe ended.
I don't have any examples of that end, because I just wasn't pleased with those. So I did a couple of different things.
First, before baking the rest of the dough, I tried adding a small dab of blackberry filling (I could have used blackberry jam) and a blueberry like this.
I liked how these turned out, but they still needed an additional garnishment, too.
On the raspberry ones, I added a half a raspberry to brighten the raspberry flavor and then drizzled all of the cookies with a bit of melted white chocolate and lemon icing, each in a separate pastry bag.
The pic above shows the cookies in a variety of stages of completion - one that I had almost finished taste testing (my favorite one above!), one with the raspberry jam and the half raspberry on top, one with the blackberry/blueberry idea, one with only lemon icing, and one with both the lemon and the white chocolate.
I let the drizzles harden and then stacked them on a platter. And let me tell you! For chicks out there, these are pretty and pretty tasty! Ready to serve with your next ladies luncheon!
Happy Ladies Luncheon!!!