Have you ever tried to zest the rind off of a clementine? It’s not easy. The skin of a clementine is pretty thin and fairly tender, so putting just a little bit too much pressure on the fruit as you zest it will tear right through the skin, exposing the juicy fruit.
This week’s recipe in the baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie, was chosen by Michelle of Flourchild. You can visit her blog to get the recipe, or turn to page 81 in Baking From My Home to Yours. Michelle picked Honey Wheat Cookies, which called for lemon zest. Well, I didn’t have any lemons, nor did I have any lemon zest in the freezer. I also didn’t have oranges, nor any orange zest in the freezer! This is a direct result of all the pantry diving I have been doing lately. I’ve successfully depleted all of my supplies and left myself with almost nothing. I did have some clementines though. Those tiny little oranges, tasty and sweet, only available in the winter months.
There’s no way I could pass up a week with my favorite baking group, but I did not have time to run to the store with all the work I had to do. So clementines it was.
These cookies have a large amount of honey in the batter, 1/2 cup to be exact. That gives these tasty treats their wonderfully chewy texture. They are yummy, but probably not something I would make again. Just not my kind of treat, though my youngest son Dominic seems to really like them. I will probably give the rest of these cookies to my neighbor tomorrow, I know she will enjoy them. I think these would be really good with a cup of tea, if that’s your… cup of tea.
These were very easy to make and only made about 30 cookies, so they are definitely worth giving a try to see if you will like them!
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