Since Disneyboi and I started going to Portugal a few years back, we have fallen in love with a drink which is served seemingly everywhere in the Algarve. Now, it is not actually Portuguese in origin, but Brazilian. Called Caipiroska, it is the same as the more commonly known Caipirinha – main components are a whole lime – pulverised, sugar, ice and vodka (rum for the Caipirinha). We usually have it with brown sugar and I thought these ingredients, including the vodka, would make lovely cookies.
I found a recipe for Tequila Lime Cookies at Today’s Nest and have tweaked it into something more akin to our beloved Caipiroskas.
Yield: Approx 40 cookies
1 tablespoon corn syrup (or glucose syrup)
1 tablespoon vodka
230 grams plain flour
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
115 grams unsalted butter, softened
100 grams light brown sugar
110 grams granulated sugar
Zest of three limes, approx 1 tablespoon
1 large egg
Preheat your oven to 180oC and line cookie sheets.
In a saucepan combine the syrup and vodka, and simmer until it has reduced and thickened a little, this should just take a couple of minutes. Let this cool.
In a bowl whisk together the flour, bicarb and salt. Set this aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars and add the lime zest. When totally combined, add the egg and mix through. Add the cooled syrup mix and combine, before slowly adding the flour. Mix the flour in until no streaks of white are seen. Place the cookie dough in some cling film, wrap it up and place in the fridge. Let this chill for about 20 minutes.
When chilled, break off pieces of the dough and roll into one-inch balls, placing them on the cookie sheets, with some space in between them. Pop into the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown. Remove and let cool completely. Repeat until all the dough has been used up.
To finish, I dusted over some icing sugar and some more lime zest. These cookies are very refreshing with the lime, there is a slight ‘something’ from the vodka and with the brown sugar, is just like eating a Caipiroska! If you want to, you could replace the vodka with rum and have Caipirinha cookies instead.
Enjoy and remember to eat responsibly!!