Cottage Cheese Cookies and Gourmet Recipes !

It has been quite a while since I shared a cookie recipe with you guys. May be it is the weather thing. The cooler it is, the more we crave them or maybe it is just the holiday spirit that inspires  us to bake and exchange them with our loved ones.. Anyways, I was thinking along similar lines and decided to try a new cookie recipe for my blog even though the sweltering heat was doing it's best to make me stay away from the oven. By "new" I really meant something unique not the usual run of the mill chocolate or peanut butter cookies. 

My quest for the same took me to the local library where while searching through the  aisles of cookbooks, I was fortunate enough to come across the "Gourmet Cookie Book" covering best recipes from 1941 to 2009. I quickly grabbed it before another poor soul on a similar quest like mine could claim  for their own. I literally rushed back home and  started flipping through the various recipe pages . The one recipe that really caught my attention was the cottage cheese cookies from July,1962. Cottage cheese in cookies..my attention was definitely piqued and the result was this blog post.
As the book so eloquently states "Cottage cheese in cookies might sound strange but it is much like Ricotta, lending a subtle tang that mellows a sugar cookie into something nuanced and very lovely" ..Believe me when I say that the above mentioned words are so true. The cookies turned out perfect with such a great "cakey" texture and taste that it was hard to resist eating just one. Truly , they are such great tasting cookies that you will without a doubt bake them more than once and might even gift some to a good neighbour like I did. 

Note : I used store bought cottage cheese and though it had very little water , did not drain it.

Ingredients 

1/2 cup  butter ( 1 stick at room temperature)
1/4 cup cottage cheese (do not drain the water )
1 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method -
Pre Heat the oven to 375 degrees F and gently grease two cookie sheets.
 With the help of a hand mixer, cream the butter and cottage cheese in a large bowl.
To this bowl, now add the sugar , vanilla extract and egg . Blend in well.
Time to add the sifted all purpose flour along with the salt and baking soda.
Mix them all well with the help of a spatula so that it gets dough like consistency .
With the help of a spoon or ice  cream scooper, place small balls of the dough on the cookie sheet. This will ensure even sized cookies.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 -15 minutes .
Let cool and enjoy plain or with a beverage of your choice.

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