March 05, 2010

Meltaway "Ocean" Cookies

When I decided to go back to work after being home full time as a wife and Mom,  I actually fell into my first job in our new city by word-of-mouth from the Welcome Wagon lady that I called to visit my home to tell me about the area.

That was just two weeks after we had moved to this city and state and although I was just working part time then, five years later I am at a different job and working full time hours. This really puts a damper on some of my baking and cooking, but once in a while (usually on a weekend) I get the urge to bake and I have to rearrange my schedule and give into that urge.

These cookies were one of those urges.

With vacation, ocean, sun, sand and surf on the mind, I used 3 recipes condensed into one and made up what I called "Ocean Cookies". The melt-away base reminds me of the sand castles we build on the beach. I tinted the frosting turquoise to represent the ocean water. Biting into one is like taking my own little vacation to the beach instead of being surrounded with deep drifts of snow and icy roads.

Ocean 'Meltaway' Cookies

1 cup butter
1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
1 T almond flavoring (I used sugar free almond syrup flavoring)
2 1/4 cup cake flour
1/4 t salt
1 recipe for a basic icing or frosting

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix butter, sugar & vanilla. Stir in flour and salt. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls on ungreased sheet. Use your finger/thumb or the handle of a wooden spoon to make impressions into each cookie. Bake 8-10 minutes until they are just barely starting to turn golden on the edge. Let cool for about 3 minutes and fill with a simple icing recipe. It will melt from the cookie heat to 'pool' into the indentation and then cool smooth.

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