Sunday Baking: 2012 Trivento Torrontés Reserve & Peanut Butter Blossoms

*** I received this wine as a sample. ***

2012 Trivento Torrontés Reserve & Peanut Butter Blossoms – At $12, this white wine from Argentina is the perfect everyday bottle. Enjoy it while relaxing after work, during dinner with your family, or paired with peanut butter blossom cookies and a good book. Cheers! Ratings 4 out 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

Peanut Butter Thumprint with wine in backgroundMy first cookies for 2016 were a special request from one of my coworkers–Peanut Butter Blossoms. I love peanut butter cookies, and everything tastes better with chocolate, but, for some reason, I ever think to make these cookies. When I brought the cookies into work on January 4, a couple of people mentioned they were their favorite Christmas cookie. Shows how much I know…I didn’t even realize they were “Christmas cookies.”

I had a lot of fun experimenting with this recipe. I opened up a bottle of Torrontes and got to work. Up first was a gluten-free peanut butter cookie for me. This was my first time baking gluten-free, so I decided to make Minimalist Baker’s gluten-free flour blend without xanthan gum and do a straight replacement of the all-purpose flour with the gluten-free blend. Even though I love baking for others, I was excited to bake some for myself as well.

2012 Trivento Torrontés Reserve & Peanut Butter Blossoms – At $12, this white wine from Argentina is the perfect everyday bottle. Enjoy it while relaxing after work, during dinner with your family, or paired with peanut butter blossom cookies and a good book. Cheers! Ratings 4 out 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2012 Trivento Torrontés Reserve

The wine was the 2012 Trivento Torrontés Reserve (winery, snooth) from Mendoza, Argentina and made with 100% Torrontes grapes. It was bright lemon-yellow with flecks of green. On the nose, there were roses and honeysuckle mixed with red apples, pears, and hints of pineapple and limes. In the mouth, there were pineapples and mango mixed with hints of flowers. The wine had a light body and bright acidity.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At an SRP of $12, it has a great quality-price ratio. It has enough flavor that it’s enjoyable on its own, but also isn’t so fruity that it can’t pair with food.

Overall, the cookies were very good, but not quite perfect. My peanut butter base had a bit too much butter, so when combined with the peanut butter, they felt a little greasy. When paired with the wine, though, the two were absolutely fantastic together–the epitome of what wine pairing should be. The tropical fruit flavors and the saltiness of the peanut butter were perfect together. Plus, the acidity of the wine cut through the fat of the cookie, which made me forget that I need to cut back the butter in the future. Ultimately, both the cookie recipe and the wine will make future appearances in the A Glass After Work household.

Question of the Day: Have you tried pairing cookies with wine?  If so, what did you think…do cookies and wine work or do you prefer to stick with milk?

Peanut Butter Blossoms
Print Recipe
Peanut Butter cookies topped with a Hershey's kiss for the perfect cookie combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
Servings
60 cookies
Servings
60 cookies
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Print Recipe
Peanut Butter cookies topped with a Hershey's kiss for the perfect cookie combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
Servings
60 cookies
Servings
60 cookies
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine butter and peanut butter until well blended (about 1 or 2 minutes).
  3. Add brown and granulated sugars. Beat until blended.
  4. Add eggs, vanilla, and milk. Beat until blended.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture, just until it is combined.
  6. Divide dough in half and wrap each piece in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F.
  8. Line cookie sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
  9. Remove dough from the refrigerator and begin shaping cookies. The dough may need to sit for a few minutes before shaping. Take a rounded tablespoon of chilled dough and roll between the palms of your hands to create 1-inch balls. Place on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  11. Remove from the oven and immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Don't worry...the cookie will probably crack around edges as you place the kiss.
  12. Let cookies set on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing them to a wire cooling rack to completely cool.

Suggested Retail Price: $12
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4 Corks

Sunday Baking: Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies & K-9 Cruiser

Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale & Peppermint Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies –The beer is an English Ale, also known as a Winter Warmer, and it’s medium bodied with the taste of spices and nuts. The cookies were peppermint-y but not overwhelming with a nice, non-greasy texture. All in all, the pairing wasn’t the best, but individually they were fun and wintery. Ratings = 3 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

K-9 Winter Ale & Spritz Cookies

Growing up, my family always celebrated the Jewish holidays as religious holidays. However, since my paternal grandfather was a non-practicing Catholic, we celebrated the Christian holidays, too. They were secular, family holidays with all of the festivities and decorations, but none of the religion. As a kid, it was the best of all worlds.

Hubby is not a religious person, although he enjoys celebrating the holidays in a secular way. So, it was easy for us to combine our traditions. Our first winter holiday season together, I introduced him to Chanukkah, but we also celebrated Christmas. Over the 12 years we’ve been together, our individual way of doing things has melded and morphed into our own traditions, although there is still plenty of food, drinking, presents, friends, and family.

This year, my Chanukkah present couldn’t have been any more perfect–Hubby gave me cookie press. Every time we were in a store with baking supplies, I mentioned wanting one, but it’s never what we were in the store to buy and it’s not the type of thing I ever “needed.” Once I had one, though, I had to test it right away…and getting one for Chanukkah meant I obviously needed to use it to make Christmas cookies. So, my last cookies of 2015 were Peppermint-Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies paired with Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale.

Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

The Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale (brewery) is an English Ale brewed in Frederick, Maryland.  The beer has a dark amber color with a foamy off-white head. On the nose, there were walnuts and figs mixed with a hint of cinnamon and something herbal. In the mouth, there was anise and nuts mixed with hints of pinecones and burnt sugar. The beer was medium body with good carbonation.

Is this worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll have a decent, reliable glass. At $1.50 for the single bottle, the K-9 is worth grabbing, but not something to go out of the way to buy. It used to be a winter beer staple for me, but for some reason, this year, I’m just not feeling it. It’s not that the beer is bad, but it doesn’t stand out as anything special either.

Peppermint Cream Cheese Spritz CookiesThe cookies, on the other hand, were exactly what I was hoping for. Unfortunately, I’m not supposed to eat wheat flour at the moment, so I only sampled them, but everything about them tasted like Christmas. They had a nice peppermint flavor without it being overwhelming. The cream cheese gave the cookies a nice texture without them being greasy. And, using the cookie press was a ton of fun.  I’m already planning my next cookie press adventure for Valentine’s Day.

Overall, with the weather in DC being so warm over the holidays, I really was counting on the cookies and beer to put me in the holiday spirit, and they definitely did. They weren’t the best pairing, but individually they both were wintery and festive. And, the cookies will undoubtedly become a new addition to our holiday traditions.

Question of the Day:  When you buy beer, do you tend ever buy the single bottles so you can make your own six-pack or do you tend to buy all the same beer at a time?  

Peppermint Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
Print Recipe
These cookies are a bit of a twist on traditional spritz cookies, as there is some cream cheese mixed in with the butter and there is peppermint extract instead of vanilla. Even though this recipe calls for a cookie press, if you wanted to make regular shaped cookies with the dough, they would still be a huge hit. You just might want to chill it a little before baking, which is not something you need to do with the cookie press.
Servings
8 dozen cookies
Servings
8 dozen cookies
Peppermint Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
Print Recipe
These cookies are a bit of a twist on traditional spritz cookies, as there is some cream cheese mixed in with the butter and there is peppermint extract instead of vanilla. Even though this recipe calls for a cookie press, if you wanted to make regular shaped cookies with the dough, they would still be a huge hit. You just might want to chill it a little before baking, which is not something you need to do with the cookie press.
Servings
8 dozen cookies
Servings
8 dozen cookies
Ingredients
Servings: dozen cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350F
  2. In separate medium mixing bowl, combine flour and salt.
  3. In mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream together cubed butter and cream cheese.
  4. Add sugar and egg yolk. Beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add peppermint. Beat until incorporated.
  6. Gradually add the flour mixture. Beat until incorporated
  7. Place dough in cookie press with desired disk. Press dough onto ungreased or parchment-lined cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown on the edges.
  9. Let cool for several minutes before removing to cooling rack.

Price: $1.50 for a single bottle
Purchased at Harris Teeter
Overall: 3 Corks