Today was Levi’s first day of school. He was super excited and couldn’t wait to get out the door. He likes being one of the older kids and love being a “ducky”.
I decided to make his teachers a little shortbread type cookie. I pulled out a few books, but the Cherry Orange Flaky Flats from 125 Cookies caught my eye. They were light and flaky. If I make them again, I will probably make them thicker (the recipe called for them to be rolled to 1/8″).
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup cake flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbls. sugar + more for dusting
6 Tbls. cold unsalted butter, cubed
3 Tbls. cold veg shortening
1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 1/2 tsp. grated orange zest
1 large egg, separated
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup dried cherries
1. Put flours, slat & 3 tbls. of sugar in food processor and mix for 10 seconds. Add butter and shortening, and mix until mixture looks like small lima beans. Mix in zests. Add the egg yolk, vanilla and 2 tbls. cold water. Add the dried cherries.
Continue to mix until it holds together. Press dough into 6″ square, wrap and chill in fridge for at least 2 hours.
2. Remove dough from fridge and put between 2 pieces of wax paper and roll a rectangle 12 x8″ and about 1/8″ ( I would do 1/4″) thick. Trim the edges evenly. Use a pizza cutter and cut 2″ squares.
Using a pastry brush, lightly brush each cookie with the egg white and then sprinkle with a little sugar.
3. Preheat oven to 350*. Bake cookies on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake 20 minutes until light golden and the bottoms are light brown. Cool completely.
The Urban Baker / SusanSalzman.com