I made these cute mushroom shortbread cookies months ago and even gave you a sneak peak in my behind the scenes post but then completely forgot about those photos. FYI: the cookies don’t contain mushrooms! They have almost fallen between the cracks but luckily I got sick and found them.
I mean, luckily I found them.
What started out as a sore throat two weeks ago has progressed into a full dragon living in my chest, robbing me of my voice, and spitting fire all night long. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired and not being able to see my granddaughters.
This has got to stop!
So finally, I decided to ignore the dragon, cheer myself up with something fun (like finding out what I would look like if I were a man) and maybe even get productive for a change. First things first I attempted yoga…in bed…with my dog beside me. I stretched, she stretched. That was the extent of it. Only one of us wagged her tail.
After hours of fiddling around and losing myself in meaningless stories on the Internet, all while suppressing the dragon (I’m good at multitasking), I finally got up to make lunch.
On the menu:
The Russian version of a mushroom dish I love that I was also going to share with you. But alas, the Russian version needs cheese and I was out of cheese. Needless to say, you and the Russian Nation will have to wait before I share that recipe.
Anyhow, I went back to feeling sorry for myself and got immersed into the Internet once again.
Only this time I visited blogs I follow to see what they’ve been up to. I regularly visit He Needs Food for photography inspiration because I adore John’s style. John is a former chef, an Australian of Croatian descent – another reason I’m drawn to his blog. His recipes are a mix of the two worlds plus everything in between.
Once on his blog, I immediately remembered my mushroom cookies and went on a search of my photos. You see, it is John’s post of mushroom cookies that inspired me to share my own version with you in the first place. I’ve never seen them styled and photographed in such a way that makes you want to reach into your screen and pick one (and I’ve seen and eaten many of these cookies in my life). He’s simply amazing!
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Don’t you just love how adorable these mushroom shortbread cookies look? My granddaughter refused to try them thinking I was tricking her into eating real mushrooms. More for grandma, ha!
What I love about them, besides how fun and easy they are to make, is that you can adjust the flavor to your liking. Now to think of it, I should’ve added sage or rosemary like I did in my lemon sage shortbread cookies. It would make more sense. Oh, well…You get the idea.
Now excuse me while I go tame my dragon with these sweet mushrooms.
2 sticks unsweetened butter, softened
1 cup powder sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons superfine sugar (optional)
~ Free Tip ~
Add lemon zest and vanilla instead of almond extract, or add herbs like sage or rosemary for a sweet/savory version. Serve on a bed of “dirt” – crushed Oreo cookies.
With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and almond extract and beat shortly until combined.
Stir in flour, cornstarch, and baking powder and mix or knead until soft dough forms. The dough should not stick to your hands. Add more flour if necessary.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Using a tablespoon, take a small amount of dough and roll between your hands into a ball. Place on a large parchment paper-lined baking pan or nonstick cookie sheet.
Here’s the trick to the mushrooms: Using the top of a glass bottle without the cap, dip the top into water then into cocoa powder. Gently press into each ball of dough and remove carefully.
Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Oven temperatures vary, so keep your eye on the cookies so they don’t burn. Roll tops of cookies in the fine sugar, if desired.
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