December 02, 2008

TWD: To bake or not to bake

I came really close to bailing on this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.

After a bit of a baking hiatus over the last couple of months I feel like I'm surrounded by sweet things. There's still a wedge of caramel cake on the counter. And several servings of last week's two-fer pie. I *was* able to offload the banana bars on John's parents... but do I really need yet another sweet temptation in the kitchen so soon?
So I did what I do when I'm trying to resist temptation. I shared the caloric wealth. I took the two-fer pie into work with me where it lasted on the counter next to the water cooler 18 minutes, beating two tins of Girl Scout nuts, a plate of chocolate chip cookies and a bag of home grown meyer lemons to the empty plate club. (and I walked out of the break room with a handful of the aforementioned lemons).

After a taste test and a photo shoot tonight, the majority of my Linzer Cookies will follow in the pie's footsteps tomorrow.

Have I mentioned how much my colleagues love the concept of Tuesdays with Dorie?

I made my cookies with hazelnut flour because I had it on hand. And tossed a bit of whole wheat pastry flour in the mix in a vain attempt at making them nutritious. Rather than a fruit center, I smeared my base cookies with a bit of Nutella to carry on the hazelnut theme. And the irony that I was assembling my cookies and licking Nutella off my fingers on commercial breaks during The Biggest Loser was not lost on me...

Special thanks to the first man to join our fold, "Noskos" of Living the Life who chose Dorie's Linzer Sables for this the first week in December. To see how the other Doristas approached this one, check out the blog roll.

From the archives...
In 2006 I followed the insanity of NaBloPoMo with Holidailies (which starts on the 5th this year).
In 2007 I channeled my inner Popeye.

13 comments:

Jess said...

I'm sure your co-workers will enjoy those beautiful sables. Last summer I read an interview with Dorie in our local weekly where she advocates "bake and release" - something I try to do when I can, too!

pinkstripes said...

Your linzer sables look perfect. I love the cutouts.

I'm always taking my baking into work. Actually, I think my coworkers take it for granted now b/c they always come check the food area after I arrive (especially on Mondays!).

ostwestwind said...

Your sablés look perfect. This time my three gentlemen finished the cookies ...

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Rebecca said...

The Biggest Loser and Nutella go together likethis. ;)

Erin said...

These look so pretty! I love the hearts

Susan from Food Blogga said...

These look perfect. I'm glad you decided "to bake." :)

Kait said...

Mmm, looks yummy! I'll be doing my Dorie baking for the month closer to Christmas, and this gives me a great idea for these cookies - dulce de leche maybe?

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Looks perfect! I am going to use Nutella next time.

noskos said...

Glad you made and liked them, they look great!

Jude said...

A new word for food bloggers -- Dorista has a nice ring to it :)

Linda said...

Your linzers are beautiful! Like you, I thank God for my coworkers or I'd be consuming thousands of unnessary calories all by my lonesome! :)

Natashya said...

Your cookies look really pretty, I love the linzer hearts. I was thinking about doing the Nutella, maybe next time.

SriLekha said...

looks yum!
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