I made these as written to try before I packaged them for gifts - they were very yummy! Being a seasoned baker, I was skeptical also of the directions to cream the butter and the egg but decided to try the recipe as-written. I figured the recipe couldn't have gotten a 5 star rating from 544 reviews if it was flawed. :) As far as the butter and egg...I got impatient after several minutes of beating with my hand mixer and just ended up throwing the jar ingredients in a hoping for the best. The butter and egg yolk fats/proteins emulsified but there was a little liquid/water left in the bowl that never mixed in (as I expected). No worries though, the end result was great! I measured everything into the jar as written but will probably do them in reverse order for gifts so the most colorful ingredients end up at the bottom since I'll have the top covered with a bit of fabric - just my packaging preference. I also opted to throw in a tsp of powdered vanilla (Nielsen Massey,) so that it is one less ingredient the recipient has to add (my only tiny modification). The dough was dry & crumbly but came together easily since I opted to roll it into balls (golf-ball sized, pressed down slightly on parchment lined pans) - I got 14. Since mine were a little on the larger size, they ended up baking 13-14 minutes. Great little cookie that will make a beautiful little gift!! One question though...were does the name come from??!??!
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I made these as written to try before I packaged them for gifts - they were very yummy! Being...