Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mitzi's Maple Marzipan Shofar Sugar Cookies

Sometimes there's a deal at Value Village that I just can't pass up. This week it was a bag full of cookie cutters. The new cutters got mixed in with the old and suddenly I'd reached critical mass.

Time to learn how to make sugar cookies.  Good thing I have a potluck coming up and a shofar cookie cutter. A search on Google for pretty shofar cookie pictures turned up a big fat zero as far as I'm concerned. A visit to Pinterest sent me down the rabbit hole of Royal Icing inspiration, recipes, tutorials, shopping lists and words to the wise.

It looked like I would be doing quite a bit of shopping if I was going to follow all these instructions. I was ready to hop in the car and buy some food coloring and cookie icing supplies at Michaels or Target. My good deal on the cookie cutters was about to turn into a potentially expensive shopping trip.

A search on the Vitamix site for their cookie recipe led me to a description of how to make marzipan stuffed sugar cookies: 

Just cut out a batch of sugar cookies, two of each shape. Then spread marzipan on one, dampen the edges, and put the second cookie on top. Press the edges together, bake, and decorate–and you have a holiday cookie sandwich!

Now we're talking!!

"Can I make the batter in my Vitamix?" Google does not seem to want to answer this question.  I decide to try it using this recipe. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

Of course by the time I get half way through creaming the sugar and butter I discover that my almond extract has gone AWOL. Maple extract will do just fine. This is Canada after all.

Now for the challenging part. It's time to combine the wet and dry ingredients. I don't want my cookies to be tough so I'm going to mix them by hand in a bowl.

Speaking of AWOL, the picture I took of the marzipan glistening as it was spread onto the cookies has disappeared from my camera. Please use your imagination.

About to go in the oven there were no beauty queens to photograph.

Fresh out of the oven they still aren't pretty but having sampled a broken one I can assure you they're delicious. The batter and marzipan were simple to mix up in the Vitamix and they didn't turn out too tough or too sweet. Success. 

Wishing you a sweet New Year. L'Shanah Tovah!!