Saturday, January 22, 2011

It's Not Always Cupcakes - In Honor of the J--E-T-S!


Once in awhile, I need a break from cupcakes. Love them but.... So after another order for Oreo Cupcakes - which sold out in a day - I needed to do something for fun. While watching the news and baking, I saw all the Jets fans going crazy in NYC. One restaurant owner promises that if the Jets win, the barbeque order is on him! (see link below) Bakeries (that caught my attention) were selling all kinds of treats for Jets Fans. The Green & White Cookies (old fashioned Black & White) were the best. I had to make them. Too many diehard Jets fans in this house! Zabar's recipe is the best so I used that and added something the NYC Green & Whites did not have. JETS written on each cookie. Saved some for family and another crazy Jets Fan & brought the rest to the store. Walked in & one of the workers makes a face when he saw them - he's a Steeler's Fan! Gave the cookie to my friend at the gym. "This is precious cargo, I'm putting a seatbelt on it for the ride home. She really is crazy! In case you are a JETS Fan & want to try the recipe, here it is. Or if you just like those Black & White cookies, give it a try.

Black & White (or Green)Cookie Recipe
Prep Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 50 mins
1 Preheat oven to 350.
2 Butter 2 baking sheets.
3 In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
4 Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the milk, vanilla and, lemon extract.
5 Combine cake flour and all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually blend into the creamed mixture.
6 Drop tablespoons of the dough at least 2 inches apart on prepared sheet.
7 Bake until edges begin to brown; checking in 10 minutes.
8 Cool completely.
9 To make icing: Place confectioners sugar in a large bowl.
10 Mix in boiling water one tablespoon at a time until mixture is thick and spreadable.
For the JETS Cookies Follow the icing up to #10 but then divide in half and add green food coloring to the shade you desire.
11 Transfer half of the frosting to the top of a double boiler set over simmering water.
12 Stir in chocolate.
13 Warm mixture, stirring frequently, until chocolate melts.
14 Remove from heat.
15 With a brush, coat half the cookie with chocolate frosting and the other half with white frosting.
16 Set on wax paper until frosting hardens.

(if you don't have cake flour - here's an easy way to substitute
The cookies will be much lighter if you do this.

Measure how much flour you'll need. For every 1 cup of flour you use, take out 2 tablespoons of the flour. Set the 2 tablespoons aside or put them back in the flour.
Replace the two tablespoons of flour that you took out with two tablespoons of cornstarch.
Sift the cornstarch and flour several times. The cornstarch needs to get mixed in really well.

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