los angeles guest suites

 

pom couscous

pom steak

A Presidential Cookie

by Amy Ephron
Print Email

Nancy Reagan had a cookie recipe:  coconut macaroons. 

Laura Bush has a cookie recipe:  Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies and she also has a copyright on her cookie recipe so, we’ll say no more about that, since, as we know, the Bush’s don’t really like to share. 

Hillary Clinton has a famous chocolate chip cookie recipe which is now being published all over the web as Bill and Hillary Clinton’s chocolate chip cookie recipe because Bill gets it.  And Bill knows he has to have a cookie recipe. 

Tipper Gore had a cookie recipe:  ginger snaps.   And we all know she really was First Lady for a minute there. 

Which brings us to Cindy McCain. I know, easy shot, but Cindy McCain does not have a cookie recipe.  She had a passion fruit mousse recipe which wasn’t really hers, it was really someone else’s (either Giada De Laurentiis or Rachel Ray, I’m not sure which one) and it has since been redacted. 

And then, there’s Michelle Obama who doesn’t have a cookie recipe either.  She has an apple cobbler recipe.  But she’s Michelle Obama and it’s the new millenium and maybe apple cobbler is just what everyone had in mind.

This was written on April 22nd.  Fast forward to June when Good Housekeeping asked both First Lady Candidates for a cookie recipe and Cindy McCain (who can’t keep her hand out of the cookie jar) claimed a Hershey’s recipe as her own.  And Michelle Obama, who definitely has First Lady stripes, put forth her own. 

 

Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies

1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons Amaretto (almond liqueur)
1 teaspoon each orange and lemon zest
3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg white
Chopped nuts or dried fruit (optional)

Heat oven to 325°F. Line a 17 x 12 x 1-inch baking pan with nonstick foil. In large bowl, cream together butter and 1-1/2 cups of the sugar.

Slowly add egg yolks, and beat well until smooth. Beat in Amaretto and zest.

Stir in flour and salt until combined.

Spread dough evenly into prepared pan, flattening as smoothly as possible.

Brush top of dough with egg white; sprinkle with nuts or fruit (if using) and with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes or until brown, turn off oven and allow cookies to sit in oven (with door ajar) for 15 minutes. Cut while slightly warm.

 

Send us your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Restaurant News

Food Feud: The Great Dumpling Debate
New York
by Ilene Amy Berg

ImageI recently saw a new show on the Food Network called “Food Feuds”. I like it – I get it. It’s a simple premise: in towns all across the country there are passionate disagreements about “the best”...

Read more...
Artisan Cheese in the Valley? Are You Kidding Me?
Los Angeles
by Laraine Newman

artisan-cheese-gallery.jpg So, I was like, driveen in the valley ‘n’ stuff? And I like drove past a shop that said Artisan Cheese Gallery, ‘n’ stuff? And I was like “wait, did I just, um, this is like the valley, ok?  And...

Read more...
Boston Bakery and Restaurant - Area Four
Boston
by Kitty Kaufman

area four 4It's inauguration Monday. Neither bison nor lobster's on our Cambridge menu but we're celebrating. The first place is "not doing lunch today," so around the corner we go to the second where I'm...

Read more...
Lunch at Toro
Boston
by Kitty Kaufman

toro2 560x375Officially, it is Toro by Ken Oringer. He has Clio at the Eliot Hotel. He created Uni inside Clio in 2002. Toro opened in 2005, which was followed by La Verdad at Fenway in 2007. Coppa, in 2009,...

Read more...