Sunday, April 19, 2009
I admit to being impulsive and easily swayed by many things...food being tops on the list!!! Plant an idea in my head or show me a pretty picture of food that really catches my fancy and I will obsess about it for days until I make it. Weight Watchers is grateful for that trait of mine!! It means they will probably have my business until the day I die :-) I make this little confession because I had one of those episodes on Friday. Ahrisha of the Joyously Living Life blog stopped by and commented on my Everything But the Kitchen Sink cookie post and asked if I'd like to swap cookie recipes with her..so I traipsed over to her blog to check out her cookies. I had to have them! I am a sucker for old fashioned cookies that have been around forever...so long that nobody remembers where they came from. Lepp Cakes just sounded intriguing to me and looked so soft and cute. Because I know cakey type cookies are generally less in calories I ran this recipe through the WW recipe builder and low and behold...with one minor tweak I had them at 1 pt a piece! Never mind I could eat 10 at a time........
Ahrisha iced her cookies with frosting. To lighten mine up I used a Meyer Lemon glaze instead. Still sweet without adding too many calories. I know I'm emphasizing the nutritional aspect of these cookies..and that is purely for my benefit and piece of mind, but don't let that put you off. These are very tastey, homey, soft, yummy cookies.
And by all means if you want them frosted I whole heartedly suggest buttercream!!! I just so happened to have a little bowl of some in the fridge left over from some other project. So I didn't think it would hurt to try it on a few. I have been wanting to try the little heart pan I picked up at Goodwill a while back and this recipe seemed perfect. I put 3 teaspoonfuls of batter in each little heart. They cooked up beautifully.
I'm glad I only made six though...they are a little TOO good!!
Here is my version of the recipe. I looked and looked to find out why they are called Lepp but couldn't really find anything that said why. I suppose Mrs. Lepp made really good ones!!!
Henry's Lepp Cakes
1- 1/2 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Butter
1 c. Sour Cream (I used low fat with success)
1 tsp. Vanilla
2-1/2 c. Flour
1/2 tsp. EACH Salt, Baking Powder, Baking Soda
Cream sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Sift in flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment or silicone mat lined pan and bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until top springs back when touched. Mine took 12 minutes. Cool cookies for a couple of minutes on pan then remove to cooling rack.
Glaze: 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 3-4 Tbls of lemon juice..enough to get it pretty thin. I poured a tiny amount on top of each cooled cookie and spread the glaze over the top then lightly poured on sprinkles.
Trying to compete with the goodies in the kitchen, the flowering red currant is looking sweet in my garden right now!