Things I miss about Texas today (in no particular order):
1. Wearing shorts
2. Bluebonnet and Indian paintbrush-lined highways
4. White chocolate bread pudding
Things that taste good and are largely from Texas:
1. Ruby red grapefruit
Inspired by Homesick Texan's grapefruit cookies, I bring you these sassed up chewy sugar cookies that remind me a little bit of warm days, though mostly call for a cup of tea.
My Texas Cookies
1 ¼ c sugar
8 tbs (1 stick butter)
¼ c canola oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs grapefruit juice
zest 1 grapefruit
2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ c crystallized ginger finely chopped
¼ c pecans finely chopped
Heat oven to 350F.
Cream together butter, sugar, and grapefruit zest. Mix in canola oil. Mix in egg, vanilla extract, and grapefruit juice.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients a third at a time, mixing in between. Stir in ginger and pecans.
The dough will be sticky, so chill it for a spell.
Scoop out dough balls and give them room to spread on the baking sheet. Bake off for 10-12 minutes.