To be honest, I never really read blogs before I began writing my own. Terrified Tastebud was created as a way to force myself to practice writing on a daily basis. And because I was- and still am frequently- terrified. But that’s another story.
Just the other day I ran across a recipe for Zucchini and Jalapeño Cookies with Sweet Lime Glaze. They sounded incredible. And the photos were absolutely lovely. But what was even more brilliant is that Baker Bettie posted not only the recipe, but also basic cookie and glaze recipes that can be customized with just about anything you can imagine.
It didn’t take long to squeeze in a quick peek at my grocery’s produce selection. Fennel bulb– with its mild anise flavor- is a longtime friend of tangy citrus and fresh mint in salads, so I decided to try it in cute little cookie form. And the results are indeed post-worthy. Saturday night well-spent!
Included below is the ultimate customizable cookie recipe adapted from Baker Bettie with my particular variation in parentheses. Please visit her site and thank her. And let me know what flavor profiles you create! Once your kitchen turns into a fun foodie science lab with the freedom to experiment, you’ll never look back 🙂
Ultimate Customizable Cookie, adapted from Baker Bettie
Minted Fennel Cookies with Tangy Citrus Glaze (in parentheses)
- 1 cup room temperature butter
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 dark or light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
- 1 cup grated or mashed veg or fruit (1 cup grated fennel bulb)
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp (shy 3/4 at high altitude) baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- optional flavorings (1 Tbs each orange zest, lemon zest, and finely chopped fresh mint)
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 2-6 Tbs liquid (2 Tbs lemon juice and 1 Tbs orange juice)
- 1 Tbs zest or additional flavorings, optional (1 Tbs lemon zest)
Cream butter and sugars together in a mixer. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Mix in veg/fruit and optional flavorings until combined.
For glaze, add liquid and flavorings a Tbs at a time to the confectioners sugar, stirring with a spoon, until the desired consistency and flavor are achieved. Even on a cool cookie, glaze will spread more easily than you might think.