I haven’t baked a cookie since the holidays. After preparing so many batches right before Christmas, I developed bakers’ fatigue, a made up condition that involves ignoring all recipes that require the combination of a sifter, stand mixer, and oven. This week’s recipe for French Fridays with Dorie, cocoa sablés, was simple enough to ease me out of bakers’ fatigue. I had all the ingredients on hand, including the optional bittersweet chocolate. I prepared the dough quickly, rolled it out, and left it to rest until this morning.
While taking a quick Twitter break at the office yesterday, I came across a seemingly too-good-to-be-true recipe. Donna from cookistry.com found a recipe for a lemon curd that’s made in the microwave. It sounded right up my alley during these busy days at work! My alleged Meyer lemon tree had plenty of fruit, so I grabbed three lemons, three eggs, butter and confectioner’s sugar, and voilá. I had no idea what to do with the curd but figured I would come up with something during the weekend.
After finishing the massive cleanup session (stand mixer/blender/bowls/dinner), it hit me. Homemade Opera Creme cookies.
Opera Cremes were part of Keebler’s lineup in the eighties. They were sandwich cookies – one row chocolate, one row vanilla – filled with a lemon flavored creme. The flavors worked so perfectly together! We loved them in our household and were definitely upset when they were discontinued.
So I grabbed the flattened cookie dough and cut some small scalloped ones, but broke out the 1.5″ biscuit cutter for a few homemade “operas”. I have to admit that the combination did not work perfectly as pictured, but I think I know how to tweak it. The cocoa sablé is not very sweet, especially if it has bittersweet chocolate instead of semisweet. What I could do is sift some extra powdered sugar into the curd to (1) make the filling less runny and (2) sweeter.
French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where we work our way through Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan’s award winning cookbook. I’ll be adding last week’s recipe, Cheese Soufflé, to the official catch-up list. To check out other cocoa sablés posts for this week, click here.