This blog post is dedicated to fiercely protecting the things in life that make you feel fulfilled and light. Like these Strawberry Lemongrass Linzer Cookies!
Do what you love.
I think this is a statement that both motivates and plagues millennials. We’re prompted to find a job we’re passionate about, because we’ll be plugging every waking hour into it. There is little to no “clocking off.” Nothing is ever as finished or as polished as it could be if you just spent more time with it. Working in digital media, work duties extend to the weekend and after-hours at home.
I had this on my mind recently, as I was tasked with putting together a staff bio for myself at the agency where I work. Before even beginning the process, I had the sinking feeling that everything that makes me “me” has been fading away.
It’s difficult to balance a relationship and friendships on my current schedule, let alone pursue the silly and fun extra things that have contributed to forming the unique individual who was drawn to the energy of New York almost three years ago.
I’ve found that it’s important to understand the distinction that doing what I love as a career won’t necessarily make me feel fulfilled, even if it is a key part of the equation. The fun side projects and shenanigans are just as important for well-rounded contentment.
My big New Year gift to myself will be truly carving out time for one or two things that are just for me… like updating this blog, which I haven’t done since October!
These Linzer Cookies are laden with sweet Brins Strawberry Lemongrass Jam and have a crumbly-yet-chewy consistency that only gets better as the cookies age. I adapted this recipe from a King Arthur Flour recipe that includes both AP flour and almond flour.
These little cookies pack a fruity punch. I suggest adding orange zest to the dough for an even more flavorful cookie.
Scroll down for the recipe!
Strawberry Lemongrass Linzer Cookies
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup AP flour
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup Brins Strawberry Lemongrass jam
- In a stand mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and cinnamon until light and fluffy.
- Incorporate egg yolk and vanilla, and beat until combined
- Whisk together flour, almond flour, and salt. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the whipped butter mixture.
- Form dough into a disk and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out dough until about 1/4″ thick. Cut into circle shapes. Using a smaller flower-shaped cookie cutter, cut flower windows in half of the circles.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are slightly brown.
- Let cool. Once cool, dollop some jam onto the cookies and sandwich with the flower halves. They taste great immediately, but taste even better if you let them sit for a few hours. Give the jam some time to soak into the cookie!
Happy impending New Year, friends!
Thanks to everyone for the shared sugar highs, cookie orders, food styling words of wisdom, and everything else that 2017 swept along with it! I hope that my sometimes timely blog posts inspired you to get down and BAKE. Whether you were a fan of Westworld and made some edible fan art, some DIY Pocky cookies that looked like sakura branches, or caramel apples fit for an evil queen, I hope that you created something that made you smile.
I’ve been hashing out some new goals for this year. Here are some sweet and silly fortunes that I made for my gang. Actually, they’re more like directives… because we all need a little boost to dye our hair millennial pink! The almond tuile cookies are thin, chewy perfection, and a little bit of matcha chocolate goes a long way to add some sophisticated flavor.
I styled the cookies to look like the sails on festive little boats. What fortunes would you write?
Living another year with fibromyalgia, I never know if I’ll have much energy on a given day or not. While it’s a bummer, it’s helped me to not take any day for granted, and squeeze out as much productivity as possible when I can.
I was listening to a podcast interview of Terry Crews recently, and he shares his mindset of being optimistic about life’s seemingly impossible challenges instead of opting out. The interview really uplifted me and was the perfect momentum to carry this pastry slingin’ and food stylin’ gal into the new year!
I hope that you’re motivated to make some silly fortunes for a kickass 2018! Scroll down for the recipe.
Matcha Chocolate Fortune Cookies
Makes about 15 cookies
- 5 tbsp melted butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 egg whites
- pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 tbsp water
- 3/4 cups superfine sugar (castor sugar)
- 1 tbsp matcha powder
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- ziplock bag
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Whisk sugar and egg whites together until just combined.
- Add melted butter, vanilla, water, and heavy cream and whisk.
- Add pinch of salt and slowly incorporate the flour.
- Add batter to a greased baking sheet in one tablespoon increments. Use the back of a spoon to spread batter into a circle shape. Allow space between each cookie; they will spread a lot!
- Bake for 6 minutes.
- Shape the cookies into a fortune cookie shape by folding in half once, and then in half again. The batter becomes inflexible quickly, so you will have to work fast. I baked about 5 cookies at a time.
- After shaping cookies, let them rest in a small cup so that they hold their shape. Allow to dry.
- In a small sauce pan, melt the white chocolate chips over medium heat. Add matcha powder.
- Mix well, and then transfer the matcha chocolate to a ziplock bag. Cut a small hole in one corner of the bag’s bottom.
- Drizzle matcha chocolate over the dried fortune cookies.
Enjoy! Tag your Hadley Go Lucky-inspired creations on Instagram with @hadleygolucky for the chance to be featured!