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Final Idea + Recipe: Lime Glazed Margarita Shortbread with Salted Rim

Final product.

Ingredients:

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

Steps:

  1. Cream butter and powdered sugar together until fully mixed.
  2. Mix the flour and salt together in a dry bowl and slowly add to mixture
  3. Add vanilla and blend thuroughly
  4. Roll the dough into a ball and wrap in wax paper, chill in fridge for 4 hours
  5. Roll out dough until 5/8 inch thick and cut using cookie cutter, repeat until all dough is used
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  7. Place cookies on cookie sheet and chill for 45 minutes
  8. Bake cookies for 20 minutes or until turning very slightly gold.
  9. Cool on a rack (cookies should not brown at all)

Glaze:

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

Creativity Note:

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.

Idea Generation:

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.

List of cookie ideas excluding Chex Mix

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.

Original sketch of Chex Mix cookie
Most of the ingredients for the base shortbread
The final touches for the Chex Mix cookie
The completed dough for the Chex Mix cookie
Dough was rolled in a ball and chilled
Cookies were pressed into 1 inch diameter balls and pressed flat(ish)
After baking for 20 minutes
Final cookie

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.

Second Iteration Sketch
Shortbread base ingredients were almost the same as the Chex Mix cookie(See recipe at top)
Mixing the lime dough for the cookie
Grating and squeezing the limes for the dough
Chilling the dough (next to the Chex Mix dough)
The lime dough rolled out and being cut
12 Cookies arranged to be baked
Ingredients for the lime glaze
Lime glaze for the top of the cookies
Applying the lime glaze and the salt/sugar mixed “rim”
The final cookies after being glazed and salted

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!

Iteration:

Original idea sketch of the margarita cookie, this was changed due to storing issues with the lime.
Second Iteration sketch of the margarita cookie.
The final version of the margarita cookie. The candied lime peel was left out due to lack of time and for the fact that the glaze worked much better as a topping due to more of a lime flavour. The sugar and salt was placed in a ring around the top to mimic salting the rim of a margarita glass.
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