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Charleston Lemon Coolers Tea Cookies

courgette's picture

While in Charleston on Friday we bought some cookies in the market that are very yummy. They are very lemony, thin and crisp.


Any Southeners have a recipe to share?


Mo

Biscuit's picture

(post #66143, reply #1 of 39)

People have been trying to replicate those cookies since before I was born!  To my knowledge, no one has ever been entirely successful.  My mother absolutely adores them.  You can get close with some recipes, but its the one store-bought cookie that is nearly impossible to make better at home, IMHO.

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courgette's picture

(post #66143, reply #3 of 39)

That is NOT what I wanted to hear! I ate the last of them with my coffee late this am.


Mo

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(post #66143, reply #4 of 39)

(G)  Sorry.  Seriously, if I could replicate them, I'd make myself a batch every other week.  They are perfect!

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courgette's picture

(post #66143, reply #5 of 39)

I think I'm going to make this my mission. I remember a recipe I used to make from a children's cookbook my Aunt gave me many moons ago. They were my favourite and I think there are similarities. I'll keep you posted.....


Mo

Gretchen's picture

(post #66143, reply #2 of 39)

Look for the lime ones also--powdered sugar. Addictive.


Did you eat in Charleston? I should have sent you some names.


I can give you LOTS of TERRiFIC places to eat south of MB. Or did I?


Murrell's Inlet is THE place to eat--a whole village of restaurants. SaraJ.'s at the causeway to Garden City is pretty good, but there are several REAlLY goodun's a bit further down. AND there is a really good fish market in Murrell's Inlet if you want to take something home.


 


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courgette's picture

(post #66143, reply #6 of 39)

No, you didn't give me restaurant names. But then, I didn't ask either!


We were in Surfside Beach so did hang out at that end of MB. If we go there again, I will definitely give you a shout. Too bad you were busy on Thurs.


I  made your quickie onion soup tonight.


Funny story. James had two friends here when I got home late from doing some shopping. So I ask how many people I can expect to feed for dinner.


Oh Mom, he says, we'll just make some KD. We don't want your gourmet food. Sometimes we just want kid food.


My response is that they will eat what I prepare for dinner. End of story. He wants to know what I'm making. I get stubborn and tell him it doesn't matter. Snarls from both of us.


What he doesn't understand is that for his friends, it is a treat to eat at our house. The boys Moms all work and have other kids and dinner is often catch as catch can, erspecially on weeknights. Heck, it's often that way here too and I don't work! But they LOVE my food.


So I call them down for dinner and he is still upset, dragging his feet. Whe they see the soup come out from under the broiler, they all get excited and go on and on about how they love onion soup. So we tease them, telling them that James wanted to feed them KD while we ate the soup! 


Great quick meal. I made your crock pot onions and used six or seven pucks to 2 quarts of broth. Thanks for the idea.


Mo

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(post #66143, reply #7 of 39)

I guess you must be back home. I was going to suggest that you can find those cookies at many supermarkets in the South.  Or at least something similar (not sure what "brand" you got).

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Wolvie's picture

(post #66143, reply #8 of 39)

what's the brand name or mfg on those cookies?

 


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Powdered sugar/lime (post #66143, reply #39 of 39)

If you figure out the cookie recipe, I think I would put some finely grated lime zest in the processor w/ some powdered sugar, and let'er rip.  That would be a delicious powdered coating. -- I haven't had those cookies in ages, and can't remember exactly, but I seem to remember a nice crisp crunch.  Maybe try a shorbread type w/ cornmeal in it.  That might get close.

Re: lime juice:

1.I used to make a delicious lime chiffon pie.  I think the recipe is in the Joy of Cooking.  It was delicious and always popular.
2. Check out the many Mexican recipes which include lime juice.  Limes are served on the side of many soups and other
    dishes.  I cannot make decent guacamole w/o lime juice.
3.  Greek lemon soup - avgolemono - is delicious made w/ limes.
4.  Ordinary chicken soup is much better w/ a squeeze of lime.
5.  A friend from Mexico added lime juice as he cooked his rice .
6. Get some ice trays w/ tiny cube spaces.  Fill w/ lime juice and freeze.  Then keep the cubes in heavy bags.
7. Add lime juice + horseradish to catsup for an excellent shrimp cocktail.

8.Lucky you! (The smooth skins are the ones I look for, only not that large.)

 

 

 

 


 

Wolvie's picture

(post #66143, reply #9 of 39)

I am reading online that one of the makers in SC of this cookie compares it to benne wafers. they remove the sesame seeds, add lemon essense, and some pure vanilla.


I think recreating this cookie is definitely doable. I'll have to get some to try tho.


Again - let me know the brand you bought, I'll see if I can grab some. :-)


 


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Gretchen's picture

(post #66143, reply #10 of 39)

You can probably get them at Fresh Market or Harris Teeter has some under the HTTraders brand.

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Wolvie's picture

(post #66143, reply #11 of 39)

I want to get the one's she had so I can taste them - to see how to replicate them - there are many variations on this theme, so I need to know what she had. :-)


Ty tho.


 


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Gretchen's picture

(post #66143, reply #13 of 39)

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Charleston+lemon+wafers

Gretchen

 


 

These are SO good.


Edited 3/22/2007 6:42 am ET by Gretchen

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Wolvie's picture

(post #66143, reply #14 of 39)

ty Gretchen - I found southern sisters thru google myself - is that the brand Mo bought? I must have missed that.

 


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Gretchen's picture

(post #66143, reply #15 of 39)

Have no idea--but I wouldn't doubt that there is a big underground factory in Charleston with pipelines to gift shops and different labels!!


But actually, there is a difference in the "look" maybe--and that is in one of those links.
When you describe a benne seed wafer it is very different from the confectioners' sugar coated lemon tea cookie.  I just had the latter at a meeting last week and finally had to send them to the other end of the table lest I eat the whole bloomin' bowl!!  "Coolers" would be the cookie type I think.


Southern Seasons would probably have one too.


Gretchen


Edited 3/22/2007 8:16 am ET by Gretchen

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courgette's picture

(post #66143, reply #19 of 39)

The package seems to have disappeared. Probably the only thing one of my kids has ever thrown out! But it was the Southern Sisters brand that I had.


Mo

Wolvie's picture

(post #66143, reply #22 of 39)

Southern Sisters was the site that I found first off - I will get some of those and give them a try.


My guess is using white lily flour / cake flour is going to be key to the texture. :-)


 


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Gretchen's picture

(post #66143, reply #25 of 39)

These are very much like "wedding cookies" with an incredible lemon or lime flavor.

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Wolvie's picture

(post #66143, reply #27 of 39)

if that's the case, then I am sure I can make them.


If I find them at southern seasons do you want me to bring you some? Or - better still - I will let you and your DH be testers - how is that? You've had the real thing, and can let me know how close I am.



Edited to add a tangent - the farmer's market had green tomatoes today. I'm going to grill some tonite - you should grab some at your market for this weekend. :-)


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Edited 3/22/2007 3:45 pm ET by Wolvie

 

Gretchen's picture

(post #66143, reply #28 of 39)

Yes, we've been getting green tomatoes, and some not truly awful red ones.


I can get the cookies here. Bring for a test if you want. But those in the picture are not benne wafers as we usually get them.  Not to say they can't do what they want. Benne wafers are thin thin thin, crisp, brown, and almost lacy  like a praline.


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ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #66143, reply #29 of 39)

My friend brought me a bag of benne wafers from:


http://www.marketstreetmunchies.com/


A new addiction!

Gretchen's picture

(post #66143, reply #30 of 39)

That is what I associate them with. Maybe the other picture is the same--they just looked thicker, lighter in color and more "cookie" like.

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Jean's picture

(post #66143, reply #31 of 39)

You can make your own

Benne Seeds


Make your own benne wafers with this two cup package of benne seeds - recipe included!

Size: 2 cups
Price: $3.75




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Wolvie's picture

(post #66143, reply #32 of 39)

I only know what their site said - so you can get the southern sister's in Charlotte? We can pick some up and compare to what I come up with. :-)

 


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(post #66143, reply #33 of 39)

I'm anxiously awaiting the results of your trial.  I made lime coolers over Christmas from a recipe someone posted here, and they were delicious.  Too good.  I ate too many. 



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Gretchen's picture

(post #66143, reply #34 of 39)

No, not Southern Sisters . HT Traders or probably some other brand at Dean and Deluca.

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Marcia's picture

(post #66143, reply #35 of 39)

Byrd Cookie Company in Savannah makes Lime Coolers and excellent Benne Wafers. They've been there forever, and unfortuantely have begun selling Paula Deen products, but that shouldn't put anyone off. Nothing wrong with wanting to make a buck, I guess.


The website is ByrdCookieCompany.com.

Gretchen's picture

(post #66143, reply #36 of 39)

See, you are just reinforcing my point about lemon/lime coolers being entirely different from benne wafers. Two different "animals".  Now, Southern Sisters may be making something else for their benne seed cookies/wafers. Who knows!!


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Wolvie's picture

(post #66143, reply #37 of 39)

ah - well I'm going to grab some southern sisters brand if I can, seeing that was the brand Mo had and liked.  We can try them all. ;-)


 


I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. - Will Rogers

 

Biscuit's picture

(post #66143, reply #16 of 39)

a benne wafer minus the sesame seeds with the addition of lemon and vanilla?


No.  I don't think so.


It's a textural as well as a flavor thing.  It's not just a simple lemon cookie at all. 


I'm not mean - you're just a sissy.

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw