I promised you all that I would try something more difficult this time. Well, I did.
Those look like mini donuts (or if you’re cool – abbreviated as “dones”), but I trick you not, my friends. Those are cookies! Pretty cookies.
This recipe is the most difficult so far. Making rings and dipping in glaze and nonpareils? That’s stressful.
Thankfully, my sister was around to assist on this one. Here she is zesting lemons for me. How nice.
Ignore the crap on my craft table. Only pay attention to the equipment/ingredients necessary for this recipe. Thx.
Having Brittany around was nice because she could take pictures while I worked, but that also meant I ended up with 79 photos. Ha! I’ll try to only choose the best ones.
Easy. I’m a pro.
Step 3: Pulse sugar and lemon zest in a food processor until combined.
Okay, stop. I do not own a food processor. It’s not like I was turning nuts into a paste or anything, so I used the blender.
You may recognize this as my frustrated face. The blender would mix the middle and the rest would stay on the outside. I had to shake the thing 30 times.
BUT IT WORKED!
I think the mixer needs a name. I’ll ask Dustin if I can name it.
Are you ready for this? I almost threw up when I saw how gross this looks:
That does not look right. In any way. Maybe when I add the flour it will fix itself.
Step 6: Add vanilla and 1 tbsp lemon juice.
If you’ve ever met my sister, you know she’s obsessed with her nails. I think she changes her nail polish once a day (and posts pictures of it). Here she is
juicing the lemons showing off her nails.
I added the juice and vanilla.
THANK XENU it looks normal!
Brittany tried the dough and said it tasted salty. I tried it, too. Shit.
That worked. It tasted normal.
I can handle that. It’s the next step that was difficult.
Some of them look a little deformed. I was worried they wouldn’t be pretty enough. I’ll never be cute enough to star on Toddlers & Tiaras, so I really need this to work out for me!
OMG! Brittany is my first assistant to do the dishes for me!
(Gratuitous nail shot)
The first batch of cookies didn’t look as nice as I would have liked. Some of the holes almost closed up.
MAGIC! POWDERED SUGAR IS MAGIC!
Brittany really knows her angles. She is in the running to be America’s Next Top Nail Model.
I didn’t know how to pronounce nonpareils, so I had Kristina text it to me and asked Siri to read it aloud.
She said non-par-e-ils. Google’s dictionary result said non-pa-rels.
I’d like to believe Siri, but she pronounced “turban” as “turblin” the other day. Anybody know which is correct?
We realized quickly that we were well on our way to NOT getting 6 dozen as Martha said. We discussed making some tiny ones (imagine Cheerios), but decided against it. Instead, with the last bit of dough, we made a wreath. They’re called Lemon Wreaths for a reason.
In the next set, I dropped one.
Oops. That one turned into a double-sized glaze surprise.
Aaaand…what better way to end the post than another shot from fashion photographer Nate Celnik?
Those look good, right?!
Brittany’s review: Really, really, really lemony. And good.
Start time: 10:00
End time: 12:20 (2 hours, 20 minutes)
Martha’s Estimated Time: 2 hours
I got: 54 (what’s wrong here?)
What did I learn?
- I can handle something more difficult like this. Kinda.
- Some recipes require a lot of patience.
- I probably could have just overlapped the ends of the rope and it would have been fine. Molding it together deformed them.
What do I need to learn?
- How do you pronounce nonpareils?
- Why did I get so few? I measured with a tablespoon!
What’s next? I may bake this weekend so keep your eyes peeled!