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"If you want to live forever and ever, drink wine and eat maccheroni." ~~~Sicilian Proverb

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cappuchino and Cookies....

Sometimes, there's just nothing like a cookie. A simple, crumbly, buttery little gem that falls apart in your mouth and brings a feeling of total comfort. My Grandma Josie always kept a supply of biscotti and cookies stored in her oven (hey- it's much bigger than a cookie jar!) and my Nonna always had cookies and Nutella for me


This is that cookie. 

This week has been a bit hectic and today's to-do list includes finishing up some small projects, sending out some notes, spending some time looking at paint colors and fabrics, and planning a cooking demo for next week.

It's also gray and spitting rain after an absolute deluge yesterday- we had what appeared to be the Colorado River running through areas of our neighborhood!

So it's a good day for a cup of cappuchino (actually, that would be EVERY day) and a few cookies as I'm sprawled on the floor with recipes and paint chips.

Isn't this fabric wonderful??

I've had this forever- time to do something with it!

These cookies are a favorite. They're melt-in-your-mouth buttery and perfect with wonderful summer fruit jams. The base of the cookie is actually made from a sweet butter dough I use for tarts. Today I used some of my raspberry jam and pineapple/ ginger jam to fill them


Buttery Tartlet Cookies

3/4 cup all-purpose flour 

3/4 cup cake flour 
2 sticks unsalted butter 
scant 1/2 cup sugar
scant 1/2 cup milk powder  
1 whole large egg 
2 egg yolks 

1 tsp vanilla
extra sugar for rolling
Your choice of fruit jam or preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Put all ingredients except jam or preserves in food processor. Process till dough forms and leaves sides of machine in a ball. Form large walnut- sized balls, roll lightly in sugar and place on sheets. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar if necessary to prvent sticking. ** SEE NOTE Do not over-flatten-these will spread due to the butter content. Make a small indentation in the center and add a small amount of jam. Put back in the fridge for an hour. Bake for about 15 minutes till the edges are just starting to color- don't overbake. Cool in pan for a minute or two and transfer to racks to cool completely
**NOTE- I used a small tart press to flatten these, but a glass with a decorative bottom works just as well

Please forgive the poor picture quality- lighting is awful today because of the gray skies. 
I'm off to finish up and head out to my favorite local kitchen shop for some supplies. This evening, off to Allie's high school for the cheerleaders' parent meeting.  
What are y'all doing today??

As Always,

Buon Alimenti, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. if I had the energy to stand and move I'd make them today- fabric would make great throw pillows for my living room couch- as when we get the new stuff it will probably be something in a solid brown!
    miss you

  2. Beautiful teacup and saucer and table setting with the cookies right out of an Italian bakery!The china cabinet is so pretty with all the crystal glittering and glass table showing off rug have so much energy, God Bless~Emelia~PS I am not familiar with milk powder, can you explain please, thank you.

  3. Emelia, I don't have an email for you, so I hope you see this. I used dry, powdered milk- it comes in a box in the supermarket. If I'm correct, you're not in the States?? If you can't find it, do you have powdered non-dairy creamer available?? I'm thinking that would work
    xoxo Pattie

  4. Yes, a cappuccino and one of those cookies would be perfect about right now. Lovely teacup and the fabric is fabulous! And a huge congratulations to Allie!

  5. wow splendidi questi biscotti!! complimenti!!

  6. Sooooo, When is my invitation in the mail?

    My husband makes such a great late. I am not allowed to touch his espresso machine. The foam is so thick that the sugar in the raw hovers on top.

    Your dishes are divine, and I just love the fabric!

  7. Yum, this is my favorite kind of cookie, so buttery and rich. This is a great way to use up the dabs of jam that are in the fridge. That fabric is wonderful. What fun!

  8. I love how pretty the cookies came out with the tart press...they look like they came out of a bakery! Pineapple ginger sounds like such a wonderful flavor combination to compliment the buttery goodness of the cookies. Double Yum!!

  9. Oh you can just see that these would totally melt in your mouth! And the recipe looks like one I could handle! LOL

    And that fabric is gorgeous!

  10. You are one busy lady and always accomplishing such nice things for your family. How do you stay so thin, probably because you are always on the go. I think I need to bake some cookies today, that sounds really good to me but everything you make sounds good to me, Happy Tuesday,Kathysue

  11. Tonight is our youngest's first piano recital. I have to bring cookies, but I didn't have time to make any today so I'll have to make a pit-stop at the store. Hate that. Wish I had a plate of your wonderful cookies to take along (after nibbling on a few myself!).

    Gray and rainy here too... days and days of it. Can't wait to see the sunshine again.


  12. Hi Allie and Pattie! Those cookies look divine!
    Your jams make them look like summer blossoms.

    Such a pretty, pretty cookie that looks too yummy to resist!
    ~ it's going to be rainy here for two days also~

    Blessings to you all ~ Maria

  13. Hi Pattie and Allie , Thank you for answering my question so fast. You are both so sweet. I will email you so you can have my email as well but I am not a blogger like all you talented women but I so enjoy reading and looking at them!~Emelia~

  14. Bonjour Allie and Pattie,
    These cookies look very good, I've copied the recipe. Hope all is well for you with all the rain.
    Good week to you,

  15. Ohhh I could have used those cookies and a cappuccino would have been perfect today. It was a cold rainy day! That is beautiful fabric and looks like paint colors I would love!! Can't wait to see what you plan to do with the fabric!

  16. Pattie, What fabulous fabric! I can't wait to see what you are going to do with it. The cookie recipe is already tagged in my favorites. I love butter flavored jam filled cookies! Yummy!

  17. Beautiful cookies, Pattie!
    I have such a weakness for cookies. My husband bought some Girl Scout cookies form a co-worker's daughter and I ate the chocolate mints so fast...oh oh!

    Hope the sun comes back your way soon!

    ♥ Pat

  18. Poor lighting or not, those look fabulous to me!! I can almost taste them now! (wish I could!) xxoo

  19. Oh Pattie ! you made the lovely..they really do look buttery and Yum..I must keep that recipe for later. I love melt in the mouth cookies. ;))

  20. Raspberry and Apricot Thumbprints are one of my favorite company cookies. You can make them pretty quickly and they will freeze well. I love the design you impressed on yours. Another gloomy day is set here as well.
    can't wait to see what you do with the fabric!

  21. HI lADIES, I emailed you all last evening but forgot one letter and tried to resend it. Hopefully it went threw!Thank being so nice ! Take Care Emelia from NJ!

  22. I love jam cookies and love the way you imprinted yours - so much better than just a thumbprint!

  23. As I read through your posts, I feel exhausted afterwards. You never cease to amaze me with your energy and all that you accomplish. I sure admire that. I need some pep!
    I hope you're drying out over there. And I hope you're having a good week.
    Mary Lou

  24. Oh I love the pretty tray and the fabric is wonderful. I can't wait to see what you do with it. The cookies sound mouth watering. I would love to have a cup of tea and a cookie with you and just hear you think out loud. You are always so inspiring. Hugs, Marty

  25. These look butter rich and yummy. You've given us another winner, Pattie. This was a lovely post. Blessings...Mary

  26. Oh yer...I'll take a cappuccino and one of those wonderful buttery looking cookies! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  27. Pattie, this looks divine! Thanks for that delicious recipe, and I could eat a whole plate. LOL!

    I love your fabric, AND that wonderful plate (a pattern I think I have spied before) and that fabulous monogrammed (in blue) cup and saucer! So neat!


    Sheila :-)

  28. Pattie! You know I love you. You know I love your blog. But I have to quit coming over here when I'm hungry! This is not good for me! LOL! :) Miss you!


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