Cindy McCain isn’t the only spouse of a presidential candidate to Pass a recipe of as her own. Bill Clinton, who entered Family Circle magazine’s 5th Presidential Bake-Off against McCain and Michelle Obama (who did not take credit for hers) before his spouse suspended her campaign, appears to have stolen one too….But who really cares?
Come On Folks. No one steals a recipe anymore. The only way to steal one is to put a patent on it. But if you do that, you can’t capitalize on it either and maybe make some bucks!.
I wouldn’t expect anyone to spend days and weeks like “America’s Test Kitchen” to make a Butterscotch Cookie recipe specifically for A silly presidential bake off that was for show and probably more likely, to sell a few Chocolate Chips and not a few magazines.
These Presidential Candidates and their spouses are like the rest of the country. Why in the world would these busy people go the distance when ya’ll are out there buying a dozen of your secret stash in your neighborhood store.
I’ll tell ya a little story about me and something I thought was an original thought…..so there I was in Mexico with the President. A little Time a little bite. I have the most marvelous brazed chicken I had ever had. So take with the complex flavors, I spent and hour savoring every bite and performing my favorite pass time of calculating by mouthfuls the ingredients. Did I ask for the recipe? Heck no, not much fun in that!
For a year after that I tried different American ingredients and I nailed down some semblance of the flavor I remembered, then I added more ingredients as I learned more about the region I had visited with the President, until it was a shadow of the original I had tasted. With every dinner, every catered event I used this dish, I received so many compliments! I really thought I had made something original. When a Master Chef I knew said there were no new recipes, I said, “I have one” and really believed it. Until one night at a dinner I was doing, the Mexican help had some before the dinner and complimented me on my “Mole” and how much it tasted like home. A Light Bulb moment in that.
So Cindy is forgiven and so is Bill. Lighten up Media and enjoy the cookies!
Michelle Obama’s Favorite Shortbread Cookies
The recipe comes courtesy of Mama Kaye, the godmother of both Obama daughters. Orange and lemon zest gives the squares plenty of citrus zing.
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar2 egg yolks2 tablespoons Amaretto (almond liqueur)1 teaspoon each orange and lemon zest3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)1/4 teaspoon salt1 beaten egg white Chopped nuts or dried fruit (optional)
Method: Heat oven to 325°.
Line a 17 x 12 x 1-inch baking pan with nonstick foil. In large bowl, cream together butter and 11/2 cups of the sugar.
Slowly add egg yolks, and beat well until smooth. Beat in Amaretto and zest. Stir in flour and salt until combined.
Spread dough evenly into prepared pan, flattening as smoothly as possible. Brush top of dough with egg white; sprinkle with nuts or fruit (if using) and with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until brown, turn off oven and allow cookies to sit in oven (with door ajar) for 15 minutes. Cut while slightly warm.
Yields: 6 dozen 2″ x 3″ cookies