Thursday, April 28, 2011

keep it ... royal

get ready for some royal wedding hype.

yeah, it's ridiculous.

yeah, it's probably a giant waste of money.

yeah, it's a fairytale and i HAVE to take part.

as english tradition requires, all celebrations must have a spot of tea and some quality biscuits. i'm pooling my english heritage here and sharing the chocolate cookie (biscuit) recipe i made up last night for our italian dinner. lucky for me, chocolate cookies are universal and good for any party. and these are kind of cute, so i think they're just so appropriate for this little post.

disclaimer : these cookies inspired by presti's, a beloved bakery in cleveland that so many of our friends love and also the location of my first date with gregory <3

good news. my friend rachel loves these cookies. i think she ate seven of them. do you know what is cool about her? well, many things. but one of them is her middle name. so this cute little cookie goes out to my cute little friend and is officially heretofore dubbed :

the kitagawa

3 eggs
1.5 cups brown sugar, loosely packed
.5 cups plus 3 tbs cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
.5 cups all purpose flour (you may use only all purpose if you don't have whole wheat)
sifted powdered sugar, about a cup

- combine the eggs, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and extracts in a bowl with a hand mixer or whisk.
- add in flour, mix well and refrigerate for an hour or up to two.
- roll dough into one-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar. put on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for 6 minutes.

good thing i named these cookies kitagawa because my original plan was to give each of our children this middle name. they're safe... for now.


  1. Mmmm these look yummy and they are definitely cute! I love the crackly look to them with the powdered sugar on top. I need to try these sometime. Btw, thanks for visiting my blog--yours is gorgeous and that's so awesome that you're a classical violinist. :)

  2. thanks so much! i'm new to this but it's a lot of fun. i really enjoy your blog as well :D you make such tasty looking things!!! consider me subscribed!!! :D

  3. your children, that is. from kitagawa. i also admire your use of the word "heretofore," but even more than that I ADMIRE THESE COOKIES. i also admire you, and your adorable blog. this is the best.