Great Kitchen Gadet

On a recent trip to Crate & Barrel I came away with a number of items, an entire bag for under $40 as a matter of fact. My favorite of which is the Die Cast Zester-Stripper. I’ve been looking for a zester for awhile, but couldn’t bring myself to justify the $20+ price tag. When I came across this one for a very reasonable price I though I’d give it a whirl. If you need zest there is an extra step as you will have to chop the zest ribbons that you get from pulling the zester across the rind. But it also creates those ribbons that are pretty and surely have a good use!

I found it particularlly useful when giving these cookies a trial run. The picture below is not mine, but rather one from Martha. When I made them last night the flavor was AMAZING, but the texture was a little off and they had some uneven browning. Thus no pictures from me because they weren’t pretty! But I certainly think they deserve another try. If you do give them a try I reccommend chilling the dough after it’s mixed and again after you form the balls. And as for the size I think they would be better smaller, maybe using 1/2 tablespoon of dough instead of a full.

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