I wanted to get them posted before I left to teach at the Great Yosemite Stamp Get Away hosted each year by The Cats Meow, but time ran out:-) It's held at Bass Lake with a beautiful serene setting, but my friend and fellow-teacher, Els van de Burgt and I arrived early so we could go to Yosemite, just about 30 minutes from where we were staying. Yosemite is the first National Park and if you've ever been there, one of the most amazing. However, the last four years, a draught took it's toll until this past winter when, thanks to El Nino, the rains and snow came. The scenes were breathtaking and I wanted to share them...
|El Capitan in the distance|
|Half Dome in Glacier Point|
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and browned
1 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 T Boiled Cider
2-3 T sparkling water
1 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 T Karo light syrup
1 T Boiled Cider
2 T hot water
Brown the butter first. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, then bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, swirl the pan until it passes the "foamy" stage and becomes a deep amber color. Remove from the heat and transfer the browned butter to a bowl. Refrigerate at least one hour until the butter becomes solid again.
Remove the butter from the refrigerator and allow it to come back to room temperature. In a medium bowl, which together all of the dry ingredients.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the browned butter until smooth. Turn the mixer on low and add the dry ingredients. Add the Boiled Cider and Sparkling water and mix just until the dough comes together. Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a log, about 1 1/2-inches wide by 10 inches long. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove one log at a time and use a serrated knife to slice dough into 1/4-inch thick rounds.
Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.
Allow the cookies to cool, then make the glaze. Spread the glaze on the top of each cookie. Allow the glaze to set completely before packing them up to send or put into the cookie jar. Enjoy!
Now, I'd like to announce the winner of April's Give-Away Apron is Barbara Woods! Please contact me and I will happily send this to you right away! I hope to have May's beautiful apron up tomorrow with a new recipe:-D