Switching gears to something sorts of Valentine’s Day like. I think that I say this every year, but I have a love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. Ok, it’s mostly a hate-hate because of the absurdity, the consumerism and contrived nature of it all. Love? Well the reason that I might like it a little is that it is an excuse in the middle of the winter to make lots of cookies, chocolates, truffles and the like. And what the heck, you might as well have a theme. So I figured I’d start now, in case anyone wants to use these recipes for their own creations.
Still on my Meyer Lemon kick… while they are available, I will eat them! So I thought I would use some of the curd that I made last weekend and make some crumble bars (aka shortbread bars). And what pairs nicely with the tropical flavors of Meyer Lemons — why Macadamia Nuts! While these were a bit annoying to cut (should have chopped the nuts finer) they taste amazing!
Sort of Swedish Cookies. Sort of. I’m guessing that these are not *really* Swedish, because when I was looking for cookie recipes, I didn’t find these on the Internets, but the flavors are distinctly Swedish in my mind, so I went with it anyway. Cardamom always reminds me of a family friend from Sweden, who actually was the one who gave me the spatula that is pictured in the photos. She gave it to me at Christmas past so I thought it apt that I bake something that would match. Besides, I had some Lingonberry jam from IKEA. 🙂
OK, so these cookies aren’t *really* florentines — those super thin and crispy cookies that are almost like lace, but these are oh so good nevertheless. Sort of a combination of a regular chocolate chip cookie and a florentine. And super coconut-y as well. These may just become one of my standard “go to” cookie as well as they are really fool proof to make.
It’s definitely winter here in New England now, and while Boston was spared the brunt of the Nor’easter that just moved through, Maine got hit with varying amounts from 10-20 inches. I like winter on the whole, so I’m not complaining. When I saw these non-pareil “snow cap” chips at Target the other day, I thought that they would make some nice cookies, even though I think most people are still high from the sugar rush that is / was Christmas. Nevertheless, here we are.