French Fridays with Dorie – Seaweed Sables

Seaweed cookies, you say? Kinda sounds terrible right? That’s what I thought. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE sushi so I’ve eaten plenty of nori in my life, but having it in a cookie is a new experience for me. I haven’t bought nori in quite awhile because making sushi at home seems sort of fruitless when you don’t live near a fresh seafood market. We’ve done it a couple of times but true confessions: I suck at making rice and having only crab sushi is boring. So back to the package of nori – it was $9.50! Yikes! But since I had everything else for this recipe on hand, I thought it wasn’t that big of a deal. I actually read the back of the bag this time and toasted the nori over a burner until it turned green. I never did that before and it was pretty cool!

The nori was an interesting texture – very crispy and kind of hard to cut. I had to tear it into smaller pieces before working it over pretty hard with a santoku. It ended up more shattered than diced. It was all shiny and pointy, kind of like fish scales or something.

I mixed up these little babies at work and we were all pretty skeptical about them. The bag of nori said it was the sweetest seaweed so that made me feel a little better but still. I formed the little eensy logs and put them in the fridge to chill. It didn’t seem like very much dough to split in two but then I figured they were supposed to be kinda mini, almost like little crackers since it said they were cocktail nibbles.

We just got in a shipment of all different kinds of flavored salts and I used Murray River Pink Salt in the cookies and some fine fleur de Sel to sprinkle on the top. Isn’t it all pretty and crystally looking? They only baked for about 10 or 11 minutes before they were done so maybe mine are a little bit smaller than they’re supposed to be. We were all pleasantly surprised by these guys. They have such an interesting taste – they sort of remind me of rice crackers, which smell really weird and at first taste are kind of hmmmm but then they grow on you. I could see myself eating a whole plateful of them before I realized it. Hope everyone else liked them too!

French Fridays with Dorie – Cocoa Sables

These little crunchy cookies came together in a flash on my day off, leaving me lots of time to continue rereading The Hunger Games in preparation for this weekend. Oh yes, I am excited like only a 13 year old girl (or me) can get over a movie. I CANNOT wait. I’m going to see it on Saturday night with Bek and I’m praying that it’s not a total disappointment. I hope I feel some Harry Potter-ish joy and not the sad embarrassment of Twilight. Don’t misunderstand, I love Twilight. But I am appropriately embarrassed to love it. I feel no such embarrassment about Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. Does that make sense?

Anyway, back to the cookies. I actually had all the ingredients on hand for them which was nice. I used regular ol’ Hershey’s cocoa powder because it is virtually impossible to find Dutch-processed cocoa powder in this town. We used to be able to get it at the store but our supplier quit carrying it and we haven’t found a replacement.

Also I usually always have a few bars of bittersweet chocolate on hand but my stock has been depleted of late so I just used some semi-sweet chocolate chips and threw them in my little food chopper.

As an afterthought I also chopped up some white chocolate chips and threw them in as well. Fooled you, didn’t I? I bet you thought those were nuts in that first pic didn’t you? Well true story – I hate nuts in all baked goods. I may have mentioned it before (ahem, Rugelach!) but it is a sure thing that I will NEVER put nuts in anything. I managed to get a somewhat decent shot of the creamy, dreamy butter mixed with sugar in the stand mixer though so I feel I need to share it.

Then all the good stuff got added to the bowl as well.

Then said mix got formed into two logs and wrapped in plastic to chill out in the fridge for a few hours. I was going to photograph this as well but, you know, it was just so brown and loggish….not very appetizing to look at. Brown food is sometimes difficult in that way, don’t you find? If you don’t know what I mean, head on over to Cake Wrecks and look at all the disgusting chocolate cakes she has found. My god, some of them are terrible!

After the chill time it was a simple process to slice and bake them and voila! Perfect little cookies to have with a cup of tea. Or a giant mug of coffee like I did the next morning.

Or you could make a Shamrock Shake for your husband because they are his favorite even though St. Patrick’s Day is over and use one to garnish it. I have to give my friend Dave credit for the assist in this next photo because he held up that stripey fiesta of a placemat to make a backdrop. Thanks Dave! In retrospect we should have used the matching beige placemat probably but that decision in no way lessens your contribution. 🙂

However you want to eat them, they are pretty tasty little buggers. If this post seems to lack my normal pizazz, it’s just that I don’t have much to say about these guys. They were good, no doubt, but I think they are just not my favorite type of cookie. Dorie is very adamant about the texture being the thing in sables and I’ve made a few batches in the last few months so I know I’ve got it right but I just have to come out and say that I like my cookies to be more ooey, gooey. Like the little drops of Oreo heaven that I made myself on my birthday or the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie. I think sandy is just not my texture folks. I’ve got a fun recipe round-up post planned for the weekend and I probably won’t be able to stop myself from talking about The Hunger Games (good or bad) just a bit so if that interests you at all, come back to check it out! Oh and if you’re at all into The Hunger Games, check out this post that Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen did over on her site. She came up with some really fun things!