Tuesday, August 31, 2010

TWD: Chicory Chocolate Chip Shortbread


To say I'm unprepared to write this post would be an understatement. These cookies? I mixed them up in a frenzy of baking a whole four weeks ago. I thought I was being so smart.


1) I made a half recipe - my jeans will still fit!
2) Slice-and-bake style - I can bake them whenever I want!
3) Replace espresso with chicory - the fiance might actually eat them too!
4) Three weeks before grad school classes begin - I have time to photograph and write the post!


Yeah. You could end point 4 with - before all hell breaks loose! Because man, did it. Never did I think I'd be this out of practice with classwork and homework and weird schedules and having to work on weekends! Weekends, people, are god's gift. Ye of the working world, do not underestimate the awesomeness of weekends. Because I found myself taking a breather from my homework this last Sunday and realizing that I hadn't even baked any of these suckers yet. Let alone taken pictures. Or written a post.


No big deal, minus the pile of articles to read, the homework to do, and the 12 hours planned on campus Monday, right? Luckily, I made these much smaller than Dorie calls for in the book, so they were in and out of the oven in 9 minutes flat, all cute and speckled with mini chocolate chips which I had hidden in the freezer so the fiance wouldn't mow them down. The chicory essence gives them an almost cinnamon-y, burnt-dark taste that I love (it adds a fantastic edge to cream cheese frosting when putting said chicory cream cheese frosting on a chocolate cake. just sayin'.). And really, when you realize those cookies are about an inch in diameter, they're eminently poppable. Which is why I'm really glad that, nestled next to a couple logs of peanut butter world peace cookie dough, I have enough of this cookie dough for a couple more Sunday homework sessions.


Last Week: Crunchy and Custardy Peach Tart
Next Week: Peanut Butter Criss Crosses (because peanut butter cookie dough balls and PB korova cookie logs aren't already taking up residence in my freezer...)

18 comments:

Y said...

Oh I hear ya! I treasure my weekends like nothing else on earth. Mind you, mine aren't exactly the standard Sat + Sun kind of weekend, but it's close enough, and will have to do for the time being. Those cookies are so cute!

Sabrina said...

Your cookies look delicious! Nice work!

Kayte said...

Like that idea of slice and bake very much...going there with these next. You are going to be crazy busy these next few months...maybe you should have some of these on hand at all times to bake off a couple at a time just because.

natalia said...

Ciao ! I'm sorry you are so busy always !!! Hope you can rest a minute popping the poppables !!

cindy said...

I'm sorry life is so crazy. Enjoy moments and eat cookies. Good luck!

Mary said...

Good luck with grad school! I like your slice and bake idea.

Flourchild said...

Grad school!! you go girl!
I love your cookies! I cut the recipe in half too. They were so good!

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

I don't know what I'll do when I start school and have to work as well. I think I'll mourn my baking and weekends thoroughly.

Your cookies look adorable and certainly dangerously pop-able. ;)

theunappreciatedbaker said...

I mourn my weekends so much, here in Israel, Sunday is a regular work day, so no long recovery at the end of the week!
Great idea to make them ahead and keep them in the freezer - wish I thought of that...

Judy said...

What's a weekend? Haven't really had one of those in years. But, I can enjoy cookies any time I want when they are slice-and-bake. Best of luck with your upcoming events.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i love going to classes, even like taking tests, but hate homework. especially on weekends. i do like eating cute little cookies on weekends, tho!

Katrina said...

Nice lil' cookies! I used hazelnut flavoring instead of coffee. Love shortbread. Sounds like you are definitely crazy busy!

Tia said...

nicely done with great pics too :)

Life is too short . . . said...

I have a new job where I work various days of the weeks, including the weekends. I am so screwed up. I used to be able to remember what day it was fairly easily by remembering how long ago my weekend was or how much time remained until my next one. Now, I am in a constant state of befuddlement - never knowing if I just finished a weekend or if one is fast approaching. It is discombobulating.

Would that my creative juices would flow as well as yours when I was ill-prepared for something. Your blog is always such a delight to read. Thanks for baking with me this week.

Beth said...

So glad you had time to bake these cookies. Sounds like you deserved them! I remember my days in grad school; they were very intense.

TeaLady said...

Post makes me soooo glad I am out of school. But I did miss the classes for a long time. Maybe that is why I started teaching in at a University. I was in school for 35 years. LOL

Creative idea to sub in chicory. Bet it did make a great cookie.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I really don't like making cookies, but slice and bake ones sound appealing.

hempstee said...

what's the recipe you used? chicory, butter...
trying to figure out a low-carb chicory cookie recipe and this looks like it could be a lead!