Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lessons From The Playground-Strawberry White Chocolate Shortcake Cookies

My son is fanatical about the playground. We are very fortunate to live in a neighborhood with three parks and try to visit one of them each day. As a new mom, it seems like I've learned a lot from the playground myself, much like a kid does I suppose. This is what I've learned:
  • If your child falls in love with the swing, be prepared to stand there and push until your arm falls off.
  • Keep an eye on those miniature geologists-because some of those "rocks" end up being dog poo.
  • If you hear the names "Chet" and "Greyson" turn around and walk away because your kid will get beat up if you stick around.
  • Don't become offended if the playgroup moms blatantly ignore you-even if you are the only non-playgroup mom at the park. Apparently the playground can be cruel to adults too!***believe me I wasn't hurt, just thought it was rude and weird.
  • Always have on hand: first-aid kit, beverage, snack, diaper, wipes, chalk, bucket and shovel! Especially if your kid is wild, has found his new pooping spot under the slide or borrows unsuspecting kid's park toys...
Maybe I should bring these cookies to the park...I wonder if those moms would ignore me then...or forgive my child for taking their kid's toys?

Strawberry White Chocolate Shortcake Cookies
slightly adapted from MS Living Magazine; June 2009

yield: 3 dozen

1 1/2 c. strawberries, cut in 1/4 in. dice
1/2 c. + 1 Tbsp.s sugar
1 tsp. lime juice (can use lemon)
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 c. heavy cream
6 oz. white chocolate chips
Sanding sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Toss strawberries, 2 T. sugar and lime juice in a bowl to combine
3. Whisk flour, baking powder, remaining 7 T. sugar and salt to combine. Cut in the cold butter (much like making pastry (pie) dough) using a pastry cutter or hands until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
4. Stir in cream until dough starts to come together. Stir in Strawberry mixture. Stir in Chocolate Chips until all is combined.
5. Drop onto parchment covered baking sheets. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.

Notes: Because of the fresh strawberries these cookies don't have a very long shelf time. Maybe 1 day in an airtight container. They are so good the day they are made.

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1 comment:

Marjorie said...

I can assure you, If you approached me with those Strawberry White Chocolate Cookies, I would be your best friend:-) However, I'm not sure those playground Moms deserve to try them. I know they are missing out on meeting a very special, young woman.