Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lemon Angel Wings

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This is a recipe that almost did not get posted.  If a recipe doesn't turn out or taste good, I can't justify sharing it. These Lemon Angel Wings cookies did not turn out well the first time I tried them.  I was so disappointed because the recipe sounded wonderful.  Lemon zest, sour cream, a puff-like pastry and glistening sugar all sounded delicious to me. But, after baking the first batch, they were flat and greasy-looking.  Very unappetizing. 


I still had some dough left in the refrigerator, which I was going to throw out, but decided to go back to the website where I found the recipe, and clicked on the link to where the recipe originated from, and found an error!  There should have been more flour added to the dough.  
I took the remaining dough out of the refrigerator and kneaded in some extra flour and tried baking another batch.  This time - perfect!  Puffy and flaky, not flat and greasy.  It just goes to show you, sometimes mistakes are made - even with editors watching over.

These are called angel wings but many of you will recognize the shape of these cookies as palmiers, which is French for palm. That is what the shape should look like - the top of a palm tree. (I tried to pinch the top to make a heart shape but they did what they wanted to in the oven).  

These are perfect with a cup of tea.


Do you see the green in the background of the above photo?  That WAS green grass outside of my window last week.  (Thank you to Jerry at Shadowhouse Creations for the lovely texture I applied to the above shot). Winter finally arrived last week and we got our first substantial snow fall.

This is current view outside of the same window.  It was peaceful watching the big flakes fall.  A perfect time to get cozy with a hot cup of tea and these cookies.

Now I can make angel wings in the snow!


Lemon Angel Wings


Makes 3 dozen

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (this is the correct amount)
1 cup cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
10 tablespoons sugar, divided (I used large sparkling sugar from Wilton)

Place flour in a large bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in sour cream and lemon peel until well blended. Place on a piece of waxed paper; shape into a 4 1/2 inch square. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Cut dough into four 2 1/4 - inch squares. (four equal squares). Place one square on a piece of waxed paper sprinkled with 2 tablespoons sugar. Cover with another piece of waxed paper. Keep remaining squares refrigerated. Roll out dough into a 12 inch x 5 inch rectangle, turning often to coat both sides with sugar.

Lightly mark center of 12 inch side. Roll up jellyroll style to the center mark, starting with a short side and peeling paper away while rolling. Repeat rolling from other short side, so the two rolls meet in the center and resemble a scroll.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Repeat with remaining squares, using 2 tablespoons sugar for each. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Unwrap dough and cut into ½ inch slices; dip each side in remaining sugar. Place 2 inches apart on foil lined baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 14 minutes or until golden brown. Turn cookies over; bake 5 minutes longer. Watch carefully, as they may not need this much time, depending on your oven. 
Remove to wire racks.
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Joining Michael Lee West for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum and Shannon at Your Cozy Home Party.

46 comments:

  1. These look wonderful and I LOVE the name! I will be making them soon!

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  2. It is -25 Celcius with the windchill and snow angels will need to wait until I won't nip my nose, but I can make angels in the kitchen.

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  3. Beautiful! These look like they're straight from a french bakery!

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  4. Susan, everything you make and post always looks so beautiful and delicious, even the snowfall video, it is so lovely and almost makes me want a little snow to fall here. We're supposed to have some Friday and Saturday. xo

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  5. What a lovely photo of angel wings. They certainly look delicious and I'm glad that the error was found so you didn't lose the dough. Hope that your snow doesn't last any longer than you'd like.

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  6. The Angels wings look divine. I am glad that you re-checked the ingredients and added additional flour, it obviously made the difference.

    Cheers.
    Velva

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  7. Oh my but these look good. They sound like a lot of work but look well worth it all!

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  8. Your angel wings are pretty and I bet they are delicious. I love the flavor of lemon in desserts and almost anything. It is such a refreshing flavor to my taste buds. I like your never give up attitude otherwise you would have missed these scrumptious looking treats. I would love to have you put them on my Your Cozy Home Party if you wish. It ends at 10 PM on Thursday. Hope you can come.---- Shannon

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  9. They look delicious Susan, I love the name! A warm hug...

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  10. Here I sit with a hot cup of coffee... so wish I had a few of these pretty cookies too! I'll let you have the snow though:@)

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  11. I love the name of these lovely creation; perfect with my cup of green tea. Anything lemony is right up my alley.
    Rita

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  12. I'm so glad you went back and gave these a second shot because they sound delicious! Bites of lemony refreshing goodness.

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  13. How beautiful and so glad you kept at it. I've had the same thing happen to me and sometimes it's necessary to forge on and keep trying.
    Sam

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  14. The cookies and the shot are beautiful! So this is a pastry you made from scratch? I thought you had bought the puff pastry! Lovely!

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  15. I'm glad you figured it out, they look amazing! I could just imagine that first heavenly lemony bite.

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  16. Every once in a while I mess up and put T instead of t or something like and don't catch it right away> I feel terrible and correct it because if someone goes to the trouble and expense of making something , I want it to work for them. I am sure some things/typos have gotten by me though!
    Cool you got it to work... what a difference that much flour missing would make!! They look adorable now!

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  17. Indeed they look like palmiers, but they must taste differently. They look very fluffy and you have accompanied them perfectly with the cup of tea. I would have done the same!

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  18. Yum! A couple of those with my coffee would be good about now.

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  19. Susan, there is no such thing as an unappetizing lemon dessert. And there will never be one, remember that :)

    These lemon wings certainly live up to their name! Heavenly.

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  20. they look so cute and delicious! the name is perfect

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  21. Thanks so much for putting these on my party. I'm sure you are going to be personally responsible for lots of us straying from our good intentions!! Heehee. The cookies really do look fabulous. Please come next Tues. if you can.
    Shannon

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  22. These Angel Wings look melt-in-mouth! Lemon, sour cream...I have no doubt at all how great they would have tasted!

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  23. The angel wings would be perfect with my cup of tea! They look incredibly delicious. Thanks for figuring out the error!

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  24. Oh YUM!! These look SOooo good. I am going to definitely try these. Saw you on Cozy Home Scenes Linky Party. I am so glad I came. I am now following you!

    Nann

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  25. I just posted a comment but its
    disappeared. Love the recipe. It looks just delicious. Came here from Shannons Cozy Home Scene Linky party and so glad I did. I'm now following you.

    Nann

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  26. These cookies look wonderful! Thanks for sharing the snow, too! :) It's way too warm here... Sometimes it's nice to have cooler weather.

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  27. angel wings in the snow...now isn't that It seems we won't have snow this year perfect, our weather is just too "doux".
    It is true that a mistake in a recipe can so easily just creep in..luckily readers are quite understanding..
    You always bake the most beautiful and delicate looking cookies...I would showcase them in stead of eating!
    Ronelle

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  28. As you know, Canada is very cold. We got our first freezing rain, so hard to walk on the streets when it is all slippery.

    I never knew how to make angel wings, looking at your ingredients, it looks much simpler than I thought.

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  29. I can taste the lemony goodness right now! I want it ALL~ the snowy scene outside, these delicious palmiers and a cup of tea!

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  30. They sound divine. Good for you not giving up on the recipe!

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  31. The Lemon Angel Wings sound wonderful! You have some yummy sounding recipes, I will have to investigate further.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  32. Bien voyons donc! Where did my comment go..It must have flown on angel's wings into the blogosphere.
    These look heavenly!
    I love having snow in winter..not too much..just white:)

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  33. I've always wanted to make palmiers, a beautiful cookie that I would like to add to my repertoire! They look perfect with a cup of tea on a cold winter's day.

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  34. The cookies looks so wonderfully sweet and light! I'm glad you investigated the recipe and found the error.

    The snow looks pretty! We might get our first snow of the year this weekend.

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  35. Gorgeous, light and delicate.

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  36. I love lemon cookies. Those look so tasty. I'm so glad you figured out the problem and gave it another shot

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  37. lovely and great that you revisited it

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  38. I've had that happen, too. Thank you internet!!
    This batch looks perfect. I love that lemon flavor. Can't wait to try. WITH the corrected version. :)

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  39. What a perfect treat with a cup of tea! I just may give this recipe a try! Sadly, winter has arrived here too . . . I guess it was inevitable! It's snowing now and it's not expected to end until 4:00 p.m.

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  40. I'm so glad they turned out good the 2nd time and ended up starring on your blog ... they look amazing and so pretty. Bookmarked!

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  41. hese look delicious and perfect!! and the pictures are amazing!

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  42. These look wonderful! And I'm glad you tried again. Such a cute cookie!

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  43. They look delicious, Susan. Your family is blessed to have you preparing such wonderful foods!
    We got 6 inches of snow today, and the plows havent made it here yet. I think they don't want to pay the overtime! It is supposed to warm up though, so I hope it melts!

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  44. This is such a cute dessert! I'm glad you didn't dismiss the greasiness and went for a second shot, because it looks great. Perfect for a little afternoon tea indulgence :D

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  45. So gorgeous, Susan! I am happy you persevered so we can all succeed! the angel wings look divine, particularly with the tea and wedge of lemon - AND, we have the same china!
    I bought an 8 piece place setting years ago, and then have added and added all the little pieces to it through e-bay after Royal Doulton stopped making it. Carlyle has always been my very favourite china and I love using it. I adore the double handled soups, too - and the demi tasses - love it all!
    :)
    V

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