We’re having a series of Iron Chef-themed potlucks at work and the secret ingredient this time was cream cheese. I wanted to win, so I needed something fancy and good.
These looked perfect! Well, they were some of the most complicated cookies I’ve made so far.
I thought I’d be able to make these the night before, but I was mistaken. I split this up into 2 rounds.
Step 1: Gather ingredients for dough: Flour, vanilla, baking powder, sugar, egg, cream cheese, butter.
Step 2: Whisk together flour, sugar, and baking powder.
Just when I was getting comfortable with step 2, you throw a curve ball at me! Sugar doesn’t usually go in during this step!
Step 3: Beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
That looks pretty fluffy.
Step 6: Divide in half and form disks. Wrap and refrigerate. Drive around town to look for a cookie cutter.
The recipe wanted a 2 1/2-inch fluted square cookie cutter. I couldn’t find one, so I had to improvise with a pastry wheel (I needed that later anyway).
Step 7: Cut into 2 1/2-inch squares, chill for 15 minutes.
They definitely were not even squares. These aren’t going to help me win Iron Chef!
Step 8: Make the filling: Shredded coconut, white chocolate chips, sugar, cream cheese.
Step 9: Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each square.
I did not think these squares were large enough to hold 1 teaspoon. I used 1/2.
Step 10: With a fluted pastry wheel, cut slits diagonally from each corner toward the filling.
This was stressing me out.
Step 11: Fold every other tip over to cover filling, forming pinwheel.
This was a very, very slow process. I didn’t want to rip them!
Step 12: Using a pastry brush, lightly brush tops with a beaten egg. Then sprinkle with sanding sugar.
OMG, this silicone brush is TERRIBLE for this. I globbed egg everywhere. I switched to a paintbrush.
Step 13: Bake for 6 minutes, then remove from oven. Press with a wooden spoon to make the well deeper.
This was also slow. Didn’t want to squish them! I also don’t have a normal wooden spoon, this one is kind of squared off.
Step 14: Fill well with strawberry jam, then return to oven.
That was a lot of steps! Now you know why I split it into 2 rounds!
The Silpat looks messy, but those cookies turned out pretty good looking.
Link to original recipe (not found on Martha’s site)
I got: 36
Round 1: PM
Start time: 7:30
End time: 11:25 (3 hours, 55 mins)
Round 2: AM
Start time: 8:00
End time: 9:30 (1 hour, 30 mins)
Total time: 5 hours, 25 mins
Martha’s estimated time: 3 hours (hmph.)
What did I learn?
- Improvising for the cutter (which I found today at Michael’s, BTW) worked okay.
- Patience is required for these! I had it!
What do I need to learn?
- Would these have been fine with a full teaspoon of filling? I used less than half of it.
I got this cute Valentine’s Day plate from Target while shopping for that damn cookie cutter. I left with no cookie cutter and spent $43. You win, Target, as usual.
I bet you’re wondering if I won Iron Chef. I can’t tell you, because the judges have not voted! Get on it people!
Miss my most recent post: Lemon Clove Cookies? Check it out!
These were pretty and really tasty, but I think if you were trying to highlight cream cheese, they don’t really do that. The coconut was overpowering. What’s with Martha and coconut cooks anyway? But I’d still eat a dozen.
you better win! they look and sound fantastic!
I hope your cookies win! They were the only item I tried from the potluck. I love coconut, cream cheese, and jam…so these were pretty much meant to be amazing. And they were!
Butter cookies with jam?!?! My fave!!! These look beautiful, Nate! 🌸