Thursday, November 11, 2010
So, you're scrolling through the blogroll and you catch a glimpse of these photos and you're thinking 'What the heck? Those don't look like snowflakes at all! It's a scam!', huh? You're absolutely right! Schneeflöckchen, as we call them here in Germany, are little pale cookies that may not resemble snowflakes in their looks, but they certainly behave like snowflakes! Don't get me wrong, they won't fall from the sky (although you're free to give them a little 'help', but I'm not cleaning up, ok?), but these cookies will melt on your tongue like nothing else. They are the most delicate cookies I've come across in my life, even more so than shortbread thanks to the cornstarch and a good deal of margarine. Give them a try this upcoming christmas season and let me know what you think. :)
1/2 cup pastry flour
1 1/4 cups cornstarch
1/2 cup + 1 tbs powdered sugar
3/4 cup vegan margarine, room temperature
1 tbs vanilla sugar (or 1/4 tsp extract)
1) Combine sugar, vanilla and margarine to a slightly fluffy paste.
2) Sift in flour and cornstarch and and knead to a smooth dough.
3) Wrap the dough in tinfoil and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
4) Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Lightly grease a baking sheet or place a sheet of baking paper on it.
5) Take the dough out, unwrap and use approximately 1 tbs of dough to form a small ball, place on baking sheet and continue with the rest of dough until you've filled the baking sheet. These cookies will spread a little when they bake, so leave some room in between cookies.
6) Use a fork to flatten the cookies, this will create a pattern that is characteristic for snowflake cookies.
7) Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Make sure they don't brown, they're not supposed to be golden and crispy.
8) Let cool and store in an airtight container in a cool place.