2.23.2010

Cookbook Review Part 2: Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night

I enjoyed Daisy's cookbook so much that I decided to do a 2 part review. There are still so many great recipes I am dying to try!



This time I am trying Daisy's Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies.

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The recipe actually calls for Guava Jelly but I couldn't find any so I substituted Cherry Preserves.

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The recipe also calls for almond flour. This is my first time working with almond flour. I have to say...I'm now hooked on the stuff!

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These cookies are so flaky and yummy and not overly sweet.

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They would be a perfect choice for a nice tea time (or coffee) with friends.

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I sprinkled toasted sliced almonds on half of my cookies just for fun.

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Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies
recipe from Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night

2 cups all purpose flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 sticks cold, unsalted butter (I used salted butter)
2 extra-large eggs, well beaten (I used large eggs)
About 2/3 cup of guava (or other) jelly

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or use non stick baking sheets.

Stir the all purpose and almond flours, sugar and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the butter and work it into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until there is almost no trace of butter left. The dough should be loose and crumbly. Add the eggs and stir until the dough is smooth and no longer crumbly.

Using 1 level tablespoon for each, roll the dough into balls and set them about 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Press down firmly on the center of each dough ball with your thumb to flatten it out and create a deep well. Spoon about 1/2 tsp of the jelly into each well.

Bake until the cookies are very pale golden around the edges, about 25 minutes (mine only took 20 minutes). Allow to cool completely before serving. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Handle them gently!

Whatever you do, do not accidentally tip the hot, jelly filled cookie and dump BOILING HOT JELLY onto your fingers! OUCH! ;0)

Try these, they will make you smile!

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50 comments:

Fresh Local and Best said...

I love the texture that almond flour creates. This looks like a fantastic cookie!

KennyT said...

I would like to know how guava jelly is like, but these are looking yum too!

Pam said...

I love your header! It reminds me of those doodles that was made with some old toy I used to have. What was that called???

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What gorgeous cookies. They look like they came from a gourmet bakery.

I agree with the others --- your new header is great.
Sam

Claudia said...

What gorgeous cookies. Love that is uses almond flour and I think a number of preserves would be wonderful. Maybe a mixed batch? Love the header!

Cathy said...

Great new header, Kim, a reminder that spring is on the way.

I just discovered almond flour too (Bob's Red Mill) and have been looking for ways to use it. These cookies look delicious.

Cathy said...

Those cookies look amazing!

5 Star Foodie said...

Scrumptious cookies! I can make these right away since I have all the ingredients including (believe it or not) guava jelly that I picked up the other day in the store. I also have those Bonne Maman cherry preserves - my favorite!

BarbaraJean said...

Well, I learned something new from you and Daisy. I have never heard of almond flour. Hope that finger won't get burned again.

À LA GRAHAM said...

Oh, these look so good! Is almond flour in a bag like regular flour? I have never seen it before. Sounds like something I would love to bake with.

The Blonde Duck said...

I bet my MIL would love those. I'll make them when she comes down.

Sam said...

Hi, cookie tipping can be painful eh? These look absolutely fabulous and your photographs are unreal. How DO You Do it? Glad I stopped in to see what cooks with you. As usual, plenty. Take care and come see me some time. Keri (a.k.a. Sam)

Mary said...

The cookies really are gorgeous. I can imagine how good they taste. I like the new header. Have a lovely day...Mary

Jenn said...

I think it's time for a mid morning snack. Though, I wish I had some with my morning coffee.

btw...cool new header! Don't think I've mentioned that yet. The design reminds me of those stencil circle thingy. hehehe...

Jamie said...

First, I have to say that Bonne Maman cherry preserves is my favorite and I actually eat it on bread every single morning, so excellent choice. Second, those cookies look fanatstic and they would be so loved for breakfast in our house.

A Year on the Grill said...

Looks fabulous... sorry I haven't been around for awhile, I moved to the US Virgin Islands (I still giggle when I say that) for six months, and it is taking awhile to get settled. But i do think I am caught up, and will be back with new postings...

Come take a look at my new blogs of Island life!

and I love a good shortbread Adult cookie!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

This is a new theme you have, right????? Anyhow, I like. And these cookies look divine. I'm an almond flour chic - I never run out. I buy a 2kg bag and freeze it!

Love these cookies!

Angie's Recipes said...

These shortbread nutty cookies look fantastic!

Joanne said...

I love these cute little thumbprint-like cookies! I actually really like anything with jam in the middle. I love the texture of nut cookies as well!

Kristin said...

Geesh lady. I need to stop coming to your blog at night. Must have cookies....NOW!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yum! Is it tea time yet? :)

Chef E said...

I love almonds- Period! Put hot boiling jam outside my house and you get instofreeze cookies!

These look darn good dear! Wish I had that cookie touch like you guys do!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

This is delight full and Joanne being ur sweetfren too, am inviting u here for her little party(its her birthday dear -i know that u know dear) which is a suprise party for her ...do leave her a wish in the sprinkles ok.....my feeds arent working so am trying my best to find all her pals to leave her a wish in the sprinkles before she gets there or even after....will ya help too to make it a little sucess....and leave her a wish too?

http://vanillastrawberryspringfields.blogspot.com/2010/02/joannes-birthday-middle-eastern-chicken.html?showComment

Bellini Valli said...

I love it when people find a cookbook they just can't put down:D

Queen B. said...

OH HOW YOU INSPIRE ME !!
THESE LOOK FANTASTIC !!

teresa said...

what a pretty and delicious cookie. i'm more and more sold on that book!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What a scrumptious cookie! I love the flavor of almond flour. So yummy!

ARUNA said...

I love Daisy martinez, infact i recently posted a recipe from her cookbook! And those cookies r sinfully delicious n gorgeous!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Oh yeah, those look awesome. I'm trying them. I'll let you know how it goes.

Been moving cross country, just landed, sorry I've been out of touch...

Lots of love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

pigpigscorner said...

I like baking with almond flour, it gives such a nice texture.

Faith said...

These are gorgeous cookies Kim! I think the cherry preserves were the perfect choice here. These would be the perfect addition to a cup of tea!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh delish cookies. I was watching a cooking show and they used almond flour too and said it was great.
xoxo

The imPerfect Housewife said...

I requested that cookbook from the library and can't WAIT to get it. I still need to get used too semi-odd ingredients (for me anyway) like almond flour. Not sure what that is, but I'll figure it out. GREAT job girl ~ ♥

The Cookie Girl said...

these look amazing. I am in sugar withdrawl right now so the yummy factor has been magnifyed about a million gazillion times!!!
I must tuck this in my recipe favorites folder for now.
Happy Friday!!!!
Where exactly are you located? Your grass is WAAAAYYY too Green!
:)

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking said...

You know what, this looks like a Swedish cookie that my grandma used to make. It's really good!

Stella said...

Hi Kim, these look really nice-like a good tea cookie. If you do want to try them with guava jelly, Publix sells Palmalito (don't know if Publix is in Oregon though). It is made in Florida with guava grown in the Dominican Republic. You can also order Grandma Berrie's gauva jelly online, which is made with Florida grown guava. Anyway, they are very rustic and pretty.

Slices of Beauty... said...

Loving the header too!
Yummy cookie.

Chef Aimee said...

Oh these look wonderful! Thumbprints are always my favorite cookies!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

Nice new header Kim!! and I love how green your grass is haha ours is covered in TONS of snow. Oh and lovely cookies of course :) xx

MaryMoh said...

Looks beautiful like little buttons. I would love them with a cup of hot tea...mmm

Katy ~ said...

Kim, I am sooooo making these. Oh my gosh, I think these look astounding!!

Allyson said...

Is that "don't pour boiling hot jelly on your fingers" a lesson from experience? ;) They look delish and I'm wondering if almond flour is what they use for those almond cookies at Chinese restaurants. I LOVE those cookies! I've also never seen guava jelly...thanks for adding the substitutions. KY is not known for their diverse ingredients. The "international" aisle in Meijer is about as close as it gets.

Allyson said...

PS...I LOVE the website design!!!!

noble pig said...

Looks awesome. I did see guava jelly somewhere recently, if I remember I'll let you know.

jacqueline said...

These cookies look sooo yummie! I love the texture and jelly is my fiance and my favorite! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I really wanna check out this cookbook! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

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Rachel Cotterill said...

oooh, I could just do with one of those right now! :D

Sophie said...

Oooh waw,...these cookies look incredibly tasty! Yummie!

Pam said...

Well, now I'm drooling! The cookies look so incredibly delicious! It combines two of my favorite things: shortbread and cherries! They look very professional! I will be trying this recipe, for sure! Thanks!

Danielle said...

oh nooo..I hope your fingers are ok. these cookies look so good!

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