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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

When Life Gives You Crumbled Cookies...

...make parfait! This month's Daring Bakers challenge was truly a challenge. After moving back to the United States, finding out that our oven didn't work, cleaning up the house and the aftermath of a winter ice storm, and having to attend a memorial service in Baltimore, we've been busy, busy, busy!

The July Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network. Since we had the option to only make one, I chose the Milanos, a family favorite. Unfortunately, though, when I went to bake them, I thought I didn't have any parchment paper, so I just baked the cookies directly on the cookie sheet. If you ever make these, parchment paper is not optional. They stuck to the sheet, and since I baked two sheets at once, I had a lot of cookie crumbs to deal with.

Not to be daunted, I used the leftover cream and chocolate and made parfaits for dessert that night. The funny thing is that the parfaits were more popular than the cookies themselves (which I finally baked correctly when I found a hidden roll of parchment paper)! The cookie recipe can be found at the Food Network site, although I don't highly recommend these cookies (unless you'll be making parfaits). I substituted creme de menthe for the orange zest in the chocolate, which was yummy, but I felt that the cookie itself was a little too lemony and tasted too much like powdered sugar.

They sure do make a pretty cookie, though:

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kat July 28, 2009 at 3:41 PM  

way to make the most of a problem

Megan July 28, 2009 at 3:42 PM  

Will the parfaits look wonderful. I didn't do this months challenge cause I've been busy busy busy too! Kudos for you for fitting them in! :)

chow and chatter July 28, 2009 at 5:11 PM  

hope things smooth out soon great parfait

Charli July 29, 2009 at 12:11 PM  

and who doesn't love a parfait?! Looks great--good luck getting everything back in order again

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction July 29, 2009 at 2:47 PM  

The parfaits were a brilliant way to use the cookies! Hopefully next month's challenge will yield a slightly better recipe - seems like this one got mixed reviews all around (at least on the posts that I have read).

Chef E July 29, 2009 at 10:11 PM  

Great post...love the whole idea, and those cookies do look good!

Laura in Paris July 30, 2009 at 4:51 AM  

Parafits are great in summer! But the cookies look delicious and delicate. I see you're finally settling down!

Keithgarrick August 4, 2009 at 5:04 PM  

I have never met a crumbled cookie I didn't like. Now I have never met a crumbled cookie I don't love.

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