Saturday, June 4, 2011

chevre cookies

Hurray! Summer is upon us! Last Wednesday Brad and I both rushed home from work so we could pack up the stroller (& Adelaide) and head to the end of our street to the first LEAF night of the season. It was a perfect evening - the weather was beautiful, the atmosphere was delightful & the food (samples) was delicious. We even went to our favorite Lakewood restaurant, Deagans Kitchen & Bar, and brought our take out back to LEAF night (I think this will have to be our Wednesday night tradition this summer). It was so good to get out and about and catch up with friends.

I think one of  the coolest things about buying food locally is getting to know the food makers. Abbe from Lucky Penny Creamery had a stand that lured us over with free samples. We got to chit chatting (she is the nicest ever) and I noticed she had a few recipe cards laying out, one of which was for these cookies. Well of course it intrigued me and I had to buy her goat cheese and try these for myself. They turned out pretty tasty - Brad thought they tasted like sugar cookies, which reminded me of the sugar cookie recipe I use for cut outs at Christmas which uses cream cheese in the batter, so it really isn't so far off. She said to experiment with different citrus flavors so I used limeade instead of the orange juice (since we didn't have any), and it really didn't come through...perhaps i should have used lime zest too. The cookies are delicious anyway and it's fun trying unexpected ingredients in 'normal' recipes.

Lucky Penny Chevre Cookies

1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
1 C sugar
8 oz. soft goat cheese
1/4 C milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 C flour

1/2 C powdered sugar
2 T orange juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all cookie ingredients together until the dough comes together - it will be sticky. Place teaspoon sized balls on the ungreased baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes or until bottoms are brown. Move to rack to cool completely.

In a small saucepan combine the powdered sugar with the orange juice. Stir over low heat until smooth and glossy, the spread over the cookies. Quickly top with sprinkles or colored sugar.

recipe courtesy of Lucky Penny Farm

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