It started with just "too much", "too distracted", "too busy"... The regular list that keeps us all from doing the things that we intend to do while we meander in the land of the "maybe tomorrow".
We actually had a recipe and pictures ready for a post whose tomorrow never came.
And then we stopped cooking. Really. I mean it. We stopped cooking. For seven long months we were exiled into the world of "which restaurant do we go to YET AGAIN", punctuated with respite in the homes and kitchens of friends and family, while our kitchen was remodeled. The kind of remodeling that cannot be ignored- the kind that makes you suffer as you dream of even a grilled cheese cooked at home!
And now we're back- and cooking. Again. So let's start with cookies.
Now when we ended our blogging last March (1 year and 3 days ago), we posted a recipe for Chicken Liver and Spinach Frittata. And of course Don HATES chicken livers. As we begin cooking again this first post is all about Don- and a cookie he can't get enough of. Honest, he's addicted in a big way. I don't think he is able to pass that Cookie Jar Nook tucked in between the dining room and the kitchen without having at least one- and from the looks of how quickly that jar is emptying, maybe two.
Now our house is a very old house, a very old house indeed. Circa 1894. And the kitchen was added some years after the original house was built. You get to the kitchen by passing through a short hall from the the dining room (passing on the left, the stairs down to the basement- "scary basement" according to more than one grandchild, or up the back stairs to the second floor- also a "rite of passage" for the grandchild that is suddenly brave enough to take the narrow wooden back stairs). On the right was a narrow and very shallow pantry with bi-fold doors, something that truly did not complement our new kitchen. Our very dear and amazingly talented master carpenter for our remodeling project had a vision and designed a Cookie Jar Nook welcoming visitors into our new kitchen.
So now my job is to keep cookies in the cookie jar! And you're going to love these cookies whether you have a Cookie Jar Nook or not! Bet you can't eat just one!
LEMON COCONUT CRINKLE COOKIES: Adapted from http://www.chocolatemoosey.com/2013/04/09/lemon-coconut-crinkle-cookies/
Preheat Oven to 325 Degrees
Flour: 1 1/2 cups
Baking Powder: 2 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Mix together and set to the side.
Butter, softened: 4 Tbsp
Sugar: 1 cup
Cream together in stand mixer until very well blended.
Lemon Zest: 1 large or two small lemons
Lemon Juice: 1/2 of a large lemon or all the juice from a small lemon
Coconut Flavoring: 1 tsp (optional)
Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl and mix just until the flour isn't visible.
Coconut, Shredded: 1 cup (sweetened or unsweetened).
Refrigerate batter for at least one hour to firm.
Roll batter into balls and roll in Powdered Sugar.
Bake for 13-15 minutes depending on how soft you like your cookies.