Today, my daughter, Erin was very ambitious and made this beautiful King's Cake in the celebratory colors.
|Maddie holds up the King Cake they'll eat tomorrow!|
Mardi Gras Trio Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
3 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour (plus another 1/4 cup when mixing in the flavorings)
1/4 cup Pistachios, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. Almond extract
1/2 tsp. Blackberry flavoring
1/2 tsp. Lemon extract
1 tsp. Lemon zest
Preheat oven o 350F-degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter until fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then, with the mixer running on medium, slowly add the sugar. Mix in the vanilla extract and scrape down the sides again.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Add it to the dough, while the mixer is on low. When all of the dry ingredients are added, turn off the mixer and scrape the dough onto a bread board.
Divide the dough into thirds for adding the different flavors and colors.
One, by one, I place a third of the dough in a bowl and stirred in the flavorings I was adding. You're welcome to be creative and choose the flavorings you want to go with the colors.
Once all the flavorings have been added, pinch off enough dough to make a 1-inch ball and roll into the appropriate colored sugar.
Place on the lined baking sheet.
Press the balls together and place the baking sheet into the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. The coolies should have a "golden brown" color around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool about 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
I know my family would eat each colored ball separately to savor the flavors better and tomorrow, I will make pancakes. What is your family tradition for Mardi Gras? "Laissez les bons temps rouler" --Let the good times roll! Enjoy!!