These shortbread are like Irish soda bread in cookie form.
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Chess pie, a classic Southern dessert, gets tipsy with rum-poached raisins.
Raisins are soaked in dark rum for up to 2 days and are churned into a base that seems fairly bland, with faint accents of brown sugar and cinnamon. After setting up for a full 24 hours, though, the rum flavor leaches into the ice cream itself and the bite of pure rum in the raisins mellows out considerably.
Even though they are readily available year round, for some reason I think of carrots as a spring vegetable. Maybe it's that their lively orange hue makes me think of regrowth and rejuvenation, or maybe it's just because they remind me of the Easter bunny. For whatever reason, every year when the warm weather finally hits, I find myself craving carrot cake.
This recipe offers up a fine and very workable dough that bakes up like a dream as well as a selection of three fillings—chocolate, apricot, and raisin—to finish your cookies. The chocolate is blended with bitter walnuts, apricots get a hit of brandy, and raisins are mixed with rum, all of which add an elegance to this Jewish cookie classic.