It is that time again. Yes, Tuesdays With Dorie. Today's challenge, Lizner Cookies, is hosted by Noskos of Living the Life. I do not recollect ever having one of these cookies, but I am sure to remember making them. First, I would like to give a shout out to my dearest, sweetest, neighbor, Dragana, who has let me borrow half her kitchen for my culinary quests and pursuits. For this challenge, Dragana, let me borrow her Yugoslavian Nut Grinder. It was really quite the photo op and my boys loved helping me crank it. She also let me borrow her Lizner cookie cutters. I did not even know there was such a thing. To top it all off, they had NEVER been used, until now. Many thanks, DSN!
Okay, so I was able to start my cookie dough at 8:30 last night. However, in my house of madness, I was actually unable to do any cookie cutting and baking until after 12:30 a.m. My baby girl was sniffling and sneezing, so I had to tend to her. Plus, I kept messing up on rolling out the dough. I had rolled it way too thin. I had to reform it and reroll it. Then, refreeze it, uuuggghhh. This particular episode took me back to the days when my grandma not-so-patiently tried to teach me to roll out tortilla dough. Who knew that TWD could be so cathardic? But, unlike tortilla making, I actually got these cookies down. Maybe, I will try making tortillas again. See with every challenge, I become more confident. Watch out ego. My Hispanic heritage also influenced me to grind some almonds with my molcajete (mortar and pestle). Both methods, the grinder and molcajete, worked out pretty good.
All in all, I was able to make approximately 18 sandwich cookies or 36 singlets. I plated them as singlets and some sandwiched with ganache I made this morning. I really need to work on my dusting skills. I just love confectioners sugar when it is dusted just right. Any one have any hints for me to get a more professional look?
Okay, a funny part to this story is that I left one tray of cookies on wax paper to bake. I just transferred them as is onto the cookie sheet. After a while, a little smokiness entered my humble kitchen. When I took the cookies out, some had not fared so well. The wax paper had singed some. Hey, what do you expect at one something in the morning?
Thanks, Noskos. This was a nice and entertaining challenge. Now all of you go see how the other baking beauties fared.