Wednesday, May 13, 2009

O(h)m Cookies, And Final's Week Wishes

Next week is final's week at my son's college. He is a freshman Microelectronic Engineering major, so the finals will be pretty intense. The calculus....the physics.....electronic laws, like Ohm's Law...and, the stress! Oh My! During Parent's Weekend last fall I made his favorite Pumpkin Nut Bread, and brought it along with some other goodies. When thinking about what to send him now, I remembered seeing a post at a favorite site, La Table De Nana, featuring cookies with text made with the Brigitte Cookie Cutter (thank you, Monique!). I thought how perfect that would be. For finals he needed the ultimate treat and sweet food for thought, so I made Sugar Cookies with Zen inspired final's wishes....Om....Ohm........and the most important wish.....I baked them, packaged them and mailed them to send some warm wishes for college final's week.When he called to thank me I could feel the calm already.

Reflecting, I then wrote a Haiku poem:

The young blossom,
leg's crossed,
an open book.


I used this recipe to make the cookies....

Rolled Sugar Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 large egg
1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In large bowl or food processor, cream sugar and butter together until fluffy. Add egg, lemon zest and vanilla extract until well blended. Add the flour and salt and mix until it begins to form a ball, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. If the dough is too dry, add a few drops of water. Scrape dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and press together to form a thick flat disc. Wrap well and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a baking sheet.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick (1/4 inch, if using Brigitte cutter), or
desired thickness. The dough needs to be just the right temperature to roll and cut properly. If it is too cold, it is hard to roll, and if it is too soft it becomes difficult to cut and pick up. Roll any scraps back into a ball and chill again. Use as little flour as possible to roll out, so they don't get tough. After cutting, place on a baking sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes or until just lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack. I use an insulated baking sheet to prevent the edges from getting too brown.

Makes 4 dozen, 3 inch (1/8 inch thick) cookies.

Rolled Sugar Cookie recipe (pdf)

Written and photographed by Diane.

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La Table De Nana said...

You brought tears to my eyes:)
I can feel your love for him:)

I am so glad you like the cutter..and your cookies are just perfection!

chantilly said...

my boyfriend is also majoring in electrical engineering and it is very tense during finals.
i should make and mail these to him also =)

Rebecca said...

As an engineering major I can definitely understand your son's stress. My finals ended just last week. It would have been great if someone had made me awesome cookies like that!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Love these. What a great Mom you are!

cathycicek82 said...

While taking a break from studying for my final which is exactly in 8 hours, I saw your cookies, they were a great source of inspiration, thanks a lot for sharing. Definite calming effect somewhere,and they look delicious, I'm going to hunt down some cookies:)

ah Teo said...

hi, may i know how much sugar to add? I think you forogt to state the amount for the sugar. THanks!! the cookies look really lovely..

sweetopia said...

OMG these are just precious!
What a creative and wonderful mother you are!

2 Stews said...

ah Teo...Sugar Cookies with no sugar?! I guess you could say I wouldn't pass the Calculus final ;-)
Sorry for the is 3/4 cup sugar, and I have just corrected the recipe. Thanks for letting me know...Happy Baking!


Marta said...

What a sweet gesture! Moms are the best!
Question: where do you find these cutters? they are SO gorgeous? Were they a gift? Online? I really want some :)

perfectginger said...

beautiful post and beautiful cookies! and delicious too I´m sure!

2 Stews said...

Marta...yeah these cutters are just too cute!! I have a link (click on "Brigitte Cookie Cutter" within the text of my is in purple text) that goes to the ebay seller who is in Germany, but will ship at a reasonable price. It came about a week after I ordered it. I've had a lot of fun putting different words on cookies.

Have fun!


tesa999 said...

Hi , it´s me tesa999!
Thank you to all who have purchased, special thank to Diane!
Hope you all have so much fun with this cutter! Bye for now, i have to make the shipping :-))

Lori said...

THe path of least resistance. Love the cookies. I keep wanting to get one of those to do stuff for my kids.

The Messy Baker said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea. Amazing. I can see spending a fortune on the custom cutters, but oh, what a lovely, lovely gift.

Karen @ Mignardise said...

So sweet - literally and figuratively. You're such a good mom!

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Diane, what a terrific Mom you are!
All the best to your son.

I love how you used the Bridgette cookie cutter for inspirational words of encouragement...

and I'm feeling guilty; I think I've had mine for nearly a year and it hasn't been out of the box!
(So thank you for encouraging and inspiring me, too.) xo~m :)

Linda said...

I have wanted this cutter for the longest time...I think you have really inspired me to get it. What a lovely thing to do for your son...
I know he will breathe a sigh of relief when all the exams are over...
Best wishes to your son!

a quiet life said...

oh i love this, sooooooo sweet and heart felt! hope it was a perfect week for him~

"Tramie" said...

Hi! I saw this post and immediately went on Ebay to buy a set of Brigitte cookie cutter. I thanked you on my blog today as I just tried them out :) U can go see it if you'd like:

Have a wonderful day!

Flirting with Flour said...

These are so sweet. I'm a college student too and love this idea. I'm sure your son appreciated them very much. I'm in the midst of exams myself and Im anticipating a brief break between classes and summer classes :)

Jess said...

Awwww! These are the sweetest! I'm going to send the link to my mom in hopes of getting these when I go to college... for now though, I sort of dominate the kitchen : P
Jess : )