It was cookies that stole the show at Government House last Saturaday, Annie Linskey reported. The annual holiday open house Maryland's executive mansion drew in a steady stream of visitors. If they came looking for cookies, they weren't disappointed.
Government House chefs made 12,000 of them, including the standards and a few new recipes, like a pumpkin-seed cookie laced with chili flakes. We asked the governor's staff to share a few of the recipes, and they kindly obliged.
Speaking of cookies, take a look at the winners of the Baltimore Sun's annual cookie contest.
Chocolate Sambuca Cookies
3 ½ oz. Sugar
12 oz. Dark Chocolate
2 oz. Butter Melted
8 oz. All Purpose Flour
1 ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
Granulated Sugar-for rolling cookies in
Pre Heat oven to 350 degrees
In a double boiler, melt together the chocolate and butter, let cool slightly. In mixer with whip attachment-whip eggs and sugar until pale and thick. Slowly add Sambuca. Scrape down sides of bowl and add melted chocolate / butter mixer. Whip for about 2 minutes on medium speed continuing to scrape sides of bowl to incorporate. Add flour and baking powder to mixture. Continue whipping until thoroughly combined. Mixture will need to be chilled for a few hours or overnight before scooping. Scoop each cookie and roll dough into granulated sugar first then into confectioners sugar. Place on parchment lined sheet pan leaving about 1 ½ inches between each cookie. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes (Ovens Vary) until slightly browned on bottoms. Cookies will have a crinkled appearance.
Let Cool- Enjoy
Coconut Sugar Cookies
1-Cup Flaked Coconut
3-Cups All Purpose Flour
1-Teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Teaspoon Salt
Sugar for coating
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Cream sugar & butter in mixer, add coconut and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
Shape dough by rounded teaspoons and roll in sugar. Place on baking sheet and slightly flatten.
Bake 8 -10 minutes or until edges are golden brown
Pumpkin Seed Cookies
1 ½ Sticks Butter
½ Cup Light Brown Sugar
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 ¼ Cups all purpose flour
1¼ Cups whole wheat flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
6 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate or Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Pumpkin Seeds plus more for decorating
Cream together butter and sugar, beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and mix in.
Spoon onto baking sheet and decorate with pumpkin seeds.
Bake 350 degrees until golden-12 minutes approximately
Recipes courtesy Government House Chefs