It started with my wild and crazy desire to try to make an herbed shortbread. After having experimented with that, I liked the results but didn't have enough faith in them to make them the only cookie I brought, so I went with a pumpkin shortbread that was seasonal and relatively safe. And then after that I just coated some store-bought pumpkin sandwich cookies in candy melt. Because I needed to complete the trio.
I didn't adapt either of the recipes sufficiently to reproduce them here, so just a little link love and my notes.
Potluck Cookie Trio
From the top going clockwise:
- Very Best Baking: Autumn-Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread
- No changes, these were delicious!
- Fudge-covered pumpkin sandwich cookies
- Very simple: I took storebought pumpkin sandwich cookies, melted some vanilla candy melt, and dunked the cookies into it, like I would have done with cake balls. Messy, but effective.
- Food 52: Sweet and Salty Herbed Shortbread
- I used caraway seeds as my herb of choice
- The cookies ended up rather thin in my 7 x 9" pan, I could probably have doubled the recipe for a more average depth.
- Because chocolate makes everything better (especially weird baking ideas), I added a coating of dark chocolate to the squares.
- For those wondering whether caraway cookies 'work', I would say the results were mostly positive. The seeds have an almost anise/licorice quality to them, so they lend themselves to a more sweet application. It was most disconcerting to those who had an Eastern European background and associated it with cabbage or baked into bread.