After my failed new brownie recipe attempt, I was still craving something sweet. So I decided to turn to a recipe of my childhood - delicious cookies called "peaches":
I remember eating them for most major holidays and occasions. They are not hard at all to make, and look beautiful. I apologize that some pictures are a little dark, I was baking later in the evening :)
YOU WILL NEED:
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 7 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 Tbsp. sour cream (not fat free!)
- 2.5-3 cups flour
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda (+ 1 tsp. vinegar)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter. In a large bowl, whip together eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, for about 5 minutes. In a cup add vinegar to soda and have a fun science experiment with the kids :) Add sour cream to soda mix and stir nicely. Combine egg and soda mixtures with butter and vanilla, and mix together well.
2. Add flour, one cup at a time, and knead until you get nice but still soft dough. Make it into a ball and wrap in plastic, then put in a fridge for 30min -1 hour.
3. Get dough from the fridge. Shape it into walnut sized balls and put on a very lightly oiled baking tray about two inches apart.
5. Then take a sharp small knife and cut out cookie bottoms like this:
6. Now you can fill cookies in with all kinds of frosting -Nutella, cream cheese, any buttery kind. I used a can of this whipped with 2 sticks of softened butter (it's to die for, you would want to eat it with a spoon!):
This caramel frosting also tastes delicious mixed with a cup of browned chopped walnut or pecan pieces. Or you can just put half of walnut/pecan in the middle of a cookie as a "pit".
7. Then comes the fun part - coloring it! You can use food coloring (yellow, and red with a drop of blue) or beet and carrot juice (that's what I usually use). Take a food brush and use carrot/yellow color first following with beet/red color until it looks like a peach:
For a more "peachy" effect roll in sugar right after "coloring". Refrigerate for half an hour before serving. Store "peaches" in an airtight container.That's it! I told you they were easy :)
PS- I forgot to mention that if you use the real vegetable juice for color, it's better to eat them within a day or two, or cookies can turn brownish.
I shared this recipe with these fun parties: