Monday, February 4, 2013

Lime butter drops with coconut + "Breaking Bad"

Lime butter drops with coconut / Biscoitinhos de limão com coco

Some of you read me long enough to know that when I like something I talk about it (or write about it) over and over again, and that is why I’ll write about “Breaking Bad” today: I’m in complete awe with the show! Besides the brilliant plot, there is a out-of-this-world cast, with each and every one of the talented actors giving flawless performances; add to that the amazing writing and you have a perfect show – I love it how drama and comedy are intertwined on it. I’m halfway up the second season and I can guarantee that if I didn’t have to work I’d have watched all the episodes available by now. :)

Bryan Cranston has received many awards for his role on the show and he surely deserves them – the guy is absolutely fantastic – but the supporting cast is equally great, Aaron Paul – who has received some awards, too, and is incredibly gifted –, Anna Gunn and Dean Norris being the highlights. “Breaking Bad” is so wonderful I feel like wearing a T-shirt with “WATCH ‘BREAKING BAD’” written on it. :D

I find the combo lime (or lemon) and coconut a very tasty one, and in these cookies the flavors work beautifully together; I don’t have a “MAKE THESE COOKIES” T-shirt, but I hope you guys try them anyway – they’re that good. :)

Lime butter drops with coconut
slightly adapted from the oh, so beautiful One Girl Cookies: Recipes for Cakes, Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, and Cookies from Brooklyn's Beloved Bakery

Cookies:
¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
finely grated zest of 2 limes
2 ½ cups (350g) all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon table salt
1 cup (226g/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature

Glaze:
1 tablespoon cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, more if needed
1 cup (140g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted, more if needed
½ cup (50g) unsweetened shredded coconut – I used sweetened

Cookies: put the sugar and the lime zest in the large bowl of an electric mixer. Using both hands, rub the sugar into the zest. Add the flour and salt and, using the paddle attachment, mix on low speed for 30 seconds. With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the pieces of butter. When the mixture begins to look like crumbs, add the vanilla. Gradually add the cream cheese. When the dough starts to clump together, turn the mixer off and finish mixing with a spatula, until all the ingredients fully combined.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Line two large baking sheets with baking paper.
Roll 1 leveled tablespoon of dough per cookie into a ball and place it onto the prepared sheets, 2.5cm (1in) apart. Gently press the ball. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Glaze: it the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, the lime juice, and the confectioners’ sugar. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium and mix for 2 more minutes. The glaze should be as thick as glue – add more sugar or more juice if necessary (I had to add 25g of sugar to get the right consistency).
Spread the coconut on a plate. Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze, dip into the shredded coconut, and let set for 20 minutes.

Makes about 4 dozen

5 comments:

Laura (Tutti Dolci) said...

What lovely little drops! I might have to try a version with meyer lemons :).

ChichaJo said...

My brother loves Breaking Bad too! I need to watch soon...

These cookies sounds delectable!

Eve said...

Just realised I've followed your blog for waaaay too long without sharing the love(what's with all that?!) But yes, Breaking Bad simply rocks. Only last week I finished Season 4, it really is the gift that keeps on giving, you have so much to look forward to :-) Eve x

She said...

Oh I just made these and WOW! There are so yuuuuuum!!! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe :) New follower too! xx

Patricia Scarpin said...

Eve, thank you for writing! You can't imagine how much I enjoyed reading your comment. xx

She, I'm so glad to hear the recipe turned out good for you! Thank you for letting me know!
xx

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