Final Idea + Recipe: Lime Glazed Margarita Shortbread with Salted Rim
3 Sticks of unsalted butter, softened
1 Cup powdered sugar
3 cups flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons lime juice
Zest of 2 limes
- Cream butter and powdered sugar together until fully mixed.
- Mix the flour and salt together in a dry bowl and slowly add to mixture
- Add vanilla and blend thuroughly
- Roll the dough into a ball and wrap in wax paper, chill in fridge for 4 hours
- Roll out dough until 5/8 inch thick and cut using cookie cutter, repeat until all dough is used
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
- Place cookies on cookie sheet and chill for 45 minutes
- Bake cookies for 20 minutes or until turning very slightly gold.
- Cool on a rack (cookies should not brown at all)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 & 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon grated lime zest
10. Brush glaze over cookies after cooled
11. Sprinkle a mix of margarita salt and large grain sugar around the rim of the cookie
I believe that this idea is creative due to the fact that it is the first of its kind and a novel idea, but it isn’t just random or pointless, because it actually tastes very good and is edible and enjoyable. It’s a new cookie that anyone can enjoy. Novel? Yes. Value? Tastes good. Feasible? Obviously.
First thought: Abandon sweet cookies- try savory flavours.
My inspirations for most of these cookies were items that were in my dorm room, such as the Chex Mix or the Swedish Fish. Later I adopted the savory idea and tried to think of ideas based only on that, which proved difficult. In the end my main goal was to try to find items that were totally unrelated to cookies and trying to use them. Margaritas were thought of one night when I was making my final list of ideas. I never expected it to be the best idea on the list nor to be so good in execution! I had decided to test the Chex Mix idea for simplicity and the Margarita idea because of its uniqueness.
Idea 1 Test: Chex Mix Cookie
Since Chex Mix is a very crunchy snack, I didn’t want to make them soggy and compromise the experience of a Chex Mix cookie, so I went with a brown sugar shortbread as the base to this cookie. Shortbread is also good because as it doesn’t contain baking soda or baking powder it provides a neutral base for new flavours.
The final result of the Chex Mix cookie were easy bite-size cookies that were surprisingly tasty and not too dry. (They go VERY well with ice cream) They seemed a bit bland and nothing special, which is also one of the contributing factors to the fact that they were not chosen as the final cookie. I learned that for the next batch of cookies in Idea 2, that the dough needs to chill for at least 3 hours before it can be easily rolled and formed.
Idea 2 Test: Margarita Cookie
For the Margarita cookies, I wanted the lightest and sweetest dough I could make, so I added more sugar and took out the brown sugar, as well as chilled it for longer. This proved to be a great base for the lime and margarita mix due to the neutral sweetness.
The final result of the Margarita cookies were outstanding. Perfect lime infused shortbread cookies with a zesty yet sweet lime glaze, and to top it off, a rim of large sugar crystals and margarita salt. They are aesthetically pleasing and very tasty. I learned that shortbread is an amazing base for nearly any type of cookie and that I will surely be making these cookies again in the future!