Something about a mound of gooey silky white chocolate with a smattering of lime zest was way too tempting to overlook. Once I saw you in my magazine, I knew you were the one, and I had to make you mine. Is Saturday good for you?
I am an avid reader of way too many food magazines. I always subscribe rather than buy off the shelf, so I generally feel that the money saved balances out the expense of the reads. Plus, the cost pales in comparison to Chris’ comic books anyway. So when it comes to findings recipes, I’m a bit old-school. I’d much rather clip each and every one of you from a magazine than search for you on the web. That being said, I have a rather large stack of you clipped to the side of the fridge – all of you just waiting, patiently I might add, in queue. Over time, some of you get tossed. No real rules here – but if I keep passing you by week after week it’s either because I have become bored with the idea of cooking you or because you are too high-maintenance for my schedule. Either way – you run the risk of getting cut, or worse – getting replaced.
Occasionally, one of you will possess a quality that your former or latter stack-ee cannot measure up to – perhaps a special ingredient (like a veal shank – you are something else) or maybe a convenient cooking method (baked shrimp – I could cook you any day with ease), or in this example – a specific flavor combination that I can not say no to under any circumstance.
Lime & White Chocolate – be still my heart.
And so, with only a name as your selling point, you have wooed me in an instant and made me drool over you for long enough. I snipped you out of my Bon Appetit April 2009 edition days ago, gave you a spot in the front of the dessert line, and even considered your lime trait alone as a choice theme ingredient for an Iron Chef battle. (I do apologize in choosing coconut, by the way. But I wanted to have you all to myself, or at least to be able to save a few of you for a special moment which would not have been possible had I taken you to Kitchen Stadium. I do hope you understand). I could not wait any longer.
And now, now I know why. You are everything a shortbread cookie should be – everything and so much more. You are dense, crunchy, crumby, and full of flavor. Your flavor profile – butter, lime zest, white chocolate, and toasted almonds – to die for. Your style – impeccable. You are tenacious, sexy, innovative and bold – and you leave me wanting more. I hope you don’t mind that I tell some of my friends how I feel about you.
Lime Shortbread Cookies w/ White Chocolate & Almonds
Bon Appetit, April 2009