Howdy there! I sure don't got much to say right about now, so let's just get started here. Favorite's of spring/summer oh-ten!
1st place (Blue Ribbon!): Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
These guys were a shoe-in. The only thing I didn't like about them was how they turned me into an absolute monster with an insatiable appetite. Had to get them out of my kitchen if I wanted to ever be able to wear a bikini again. What I'm trying to say is, they're really fucking delicious. That is all.
2nd place (Honorable Mention!): Cream Cheese Walnut Cookies
What I loved about these was how humble they are--unlike the PB&J bars, they don't look over the top, or even that remarkable in any sense. But once you take a bite, they have this really fantastic flavor and perfect snappy crunch to them. The cream cheese really gives the cookies a nice after taste that's almost a little bit sour (in a really good way). I couldn't stop eating these either. I think I'm noticing a pattern in my behavior.
3rd place: Citrus Cornmeal Shortbread
Another subtle cookie that surprised me with its flavors. Not only are these super simple to make (and to make a lot of!), the cornmeal really adds a nice texture to both the outer edge of the cookie as well as the crunchiness on the inside. The flecks of orange zest also give the otherwise plain cookie a nice little decoration.
4th place: Lemon-Apricot Sandwiches
These took a lot of time, but the end result was really pretty and tasty, and perfect for the bridal shower I brought them to. They're definitely a cookie to bring to some sort of party, because people will think you are very talented and sophisticated and fascinating and charming if you do (...or just that you have too much time on your hands, whatever).
5th place: Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Okay, so the peanut butter filling in these will KILL you, it is just so good. Has that same addictiveness as the PB&J bars. But the chocolate cookies that sandwich this filling are a little too big, fluffy, and dry. I think it's just the ratio of filling to cookie that needs changing: thinner cookies, more filling, and you've got a winning whoopie.
6th place: Lemon Poppyseed Crisps
Mine definitely were not crisps at all, but I can't deny anything that is lemon and poppyseed flavored! These cookies couldn't be easier--seriously, a baby baby could do it. A baby's baby. HAhaha, I'm sorry...
7th place: Chocolate Chip Cookies for Passover
Once again, mine did NOT look like the picture in the book--they spread out thin, instead of forming hearty chunks of cookie dough. Regardless, I really loved how they tasted, and enjoyed feeling super Jew-y in the kitchen with my matzo meal and farfel. The use of oil instead of butter gave the dough a different flavor too, which I liked a lot. As for finding dairy-free chocolate chip cookies, gimme a break. I might be Jewish, but it's more "Jew-ish."
8th place: Buttered Rum Meltaways
These were a bit of a let-down, to be honest. They sounded really great on paper, but once again the rum flavor was all but lost by the time they came out of the oven. Obviously the rum burns off, but there was literally no leftover rum flavor--let alone any flavor for that matter. Needed more spice! More taste!
9th place: Stained Glass Trees
In all honesty, these were very good...for what they are. Maybe it's because I think that candy inside cookies is criminal, but besides my bias, they are actually quite beautiful and unique. So maybe I should have put them before the last cookie. Yeah. Whatever.
10th place (Brown Ribbon!): Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies
Yo, these pissed me off! Whassup Martha, these tasted like AIR. Not really, but still, the ingredients must have worked in reverse and taken flavor away from the cookie instead of adding to it. Dunno what happened here, but it was a big let-down. I'm crying, Martha. Look at what you've done to me!!
WHOOP WHOOP!! Look who's more than halfway through the book now! Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Boy-oy-boyo-bobo! Wabba dabababdababdaaaaaaaaokay see you next week.