No butter cookies and thoughts on #apieforMikey

Posted on: August 20th, 2011 by admin 7 Comments

I made cookies this weekend.  But I really should have made a pie for Mikey.  I read the sad news a week late.  I don’t know Jennifer Perillo and until last Sunday had never heard of her blog either.  I noticed on tastespotting and the food network that everyone – and I mean hundreds of food bloggers were making the same pie.

I proceeded to read, on numerous blogs, Jennie’s devastating story of suddenly losing her husband.  I was overwhelmed with emotion upon seeing the reaction of the food blogging community – her friends and strangers alike-  reaching out in support of her family by making Mikey’s favorite pie.  This is what Jennie wrote on her blog:

For those asking what they can do to help my healing process, make a peanut butter pie this Friday and share it with someone you love. Then hug them like there’s no tomorrow because today is the only guarantee we can count on.

So even though I made cookies, I did what she said, I shared them with someone I love and hugged them like there’s no tomorrow, because she’s right – today is all we’ve got.  If you want to make Mikey’s pie, visit Jennies site.  If you want to make cookies…  These ones are pretty good.

We had no butter in the house and were craving cookies…  This happens often, we want something, but are missing an ingredient.  So we made these with coffee and crisco and they are wonderful.

Coffee spice cookies

  • 2 tsp instant coffee crystals
  • 1 tsp hot water (or we used 2 tsp strong espresso shot from the machine)
  • 1/2 c Crisco or shortening (Aussies I think the equivalent would be softened copha)
  • 3/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds (for rolling)

Dissove instant coffee in hot water, or make your strong espresso.  Beat shortening, brown sugar, egg, vanilla and liquid coffee in large bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Divide the dough into two equal parts. Shape each half into a log, rolling out a fat sausage.  On a clean surface sprinkle sesame seeds with a little brown sugar and cinnamon.  Then roll you logs of dough in the sugary sesame seeds, pressing lightly.  Wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Heat the oven to 190ºC (375ºF). Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place slices 1-inch apart on a baking sheet and bake for 6 – 8 minutes.   They’re quick hey!?  The awesome thing about crisco is it helps cookies keep their shape so they don’t spread as much.  And while I am not sure just how ‘healthy’ crisco is, sometimes it’s nice to have a good recipe on hand when you run out of butter.

If you want to watch a beautiful video that whiteonrice made for the Perillo family, click the link.

Song for this recipe:

“Hundreland” – Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley Huldreland - Huldreland

The Wrigley sisters are a fiddle and guitar duo from the Orkney Islands (off the North coast of Scotland).  They play a mix of traditional and contemporary music, I know they write a lot of it themselves.  It’s a lovely album this – most of the songs are for dancing, but this one is a beautiful slow air.  Some of you might not know Peas grew up playing Irish music so listening to this album brings back lots of memories.  After maybe 6 albums and years of touring, the Wrigley Sisters returned to Orkney and in 2004 set up ‘The Reel’ predominantly a music school but also encompassing a cafe & bar, music shop, venue and exhibition space.

Tags: , , , , ,

7 Responses

  1. I did the same thing – saw posts for peanut butter pie on tastespotting etc, wondered why then saw Jennie’s blog. How amazing and wonderful that all those bloggers did that for Jennie and her family!

    Very touching video.

  2. What a creative way to make cookies without any butter, glad they were great! Amazing how supportive the food community is!

  3. Christine says:

    Great post. My heart and prayers are still with Jennifer and her family.

  4. these little cookies look great! Love anything coffee-flavored!

  5. What a great flavor combo for these cookies. And a great tip on how to make them without butter! LOVE that they are rolled in sesame seeds! : )

  6. Joh S says:

    Ok peas. You’ve clearly forgotten your Aussie roots. What’s Crisco? Or am I just out of the loop. They look delish btw. And a massive hug to you. I LOVE YOU. Did I tell you I made your scones last week. Today I think I’ll make date scones. No jam left and have to finish up more jars of things before we’re allowed any more in the house. x

  7. Lovely post! Your cookies do look fantastic :)

Leave a Reply