Monday, February 2, 2009

Candy Cap Mushroom Cookies! **RECIPE**

Here is the recipe I promised my friend Mary Ann for the Candy Cap Mushroom Cookies I made for the holidays. This recipe is taken from David Arora's book All That the Rain Promises and more...

1 Cup Dried and chopped candy caps found at Far West Fungi
Soak in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lukewarm water for 15 minutes, then drain
Saute in 1 tsp of butter, stirring frequently so they don't stick to the pan
Taste a sauteed mushroom, if bitter, add some water and simmer some more
Set aside mushrooms

In a separate bowl
Cream together 1 cup butter and 1 cup sugar
Beat in 1 egg (room temperature)
Add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
Stir in 2-1/2 cups of flour gradually
Blend in 1/2 cup of finely chopped raw cashews or pecans
Add sauteed candy cap mushrooms to mix

When the mix is blended well
Roll the dough out on parchment or flour into sausage-like cylinders 1" to 1-1/2" thick
Cover the cylinders with wax paper and freeze until hard

Remove rolls from freezer and slice thin and lay flat on ungreased cookie sheet or parchment paper

Bake 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes
Makes 6 dozen

YUMMY!
These shortbread cookies smell of maple syrup; a natural scent from the mushroom.
Please note the entire house will also smell like this; which I don't mind but may be off putting to some. I honestly can't stop eating them with a nice hot cup of black tea. Enjoy!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, I am going to try to get some and make them before I leave town, great to snack on all the way to NC! What are they going to do with this crazy CA Girl????

These are soooo good! I am telling you.

Mary Anne

Green Kitchen said...

My son loved them, wants to make them. When I asked him if he ate anything not sweet at Sonya's, he said, "Those mushroom cookies." :)

Megan said...

This is a wonderful recipe. Thank you for posting it. I have moved out of the Pacific Northwest and no longer find candy caps. I am making this recipe tonight with my last ones from last season.

Megan said...

This is a wonderful recipe. Thank you for posting it. I have moved out of the Pacific Northwest and no longer find candy caps. I am making this recipe tonight with my final few from last season.