My friend Gary and I were talking the other night about the new recipes I'm planning for 2010. He loves my Margarita Cookies and thought I should do some champagne-themed cookies for New Year's. What a great idea!
Then he said something even better: do a champagne cocktail cookie...a Bellini cookie.
I only know this because I saw Giada Di Laurentiis talking about it on Food Network once. But for those not in the know, a Bellini is a cocktail made with champagne and peaches that was invented at Harry's Bar in Venice...you know, in Italy.
I'm thinking of doing a rolled-out cookie, so that means an oatmeal sugar cookie base. To get the champagne and peaches in there, I'm thinking of using smooshed-up peaches poached in champagne for the wet ingredients. For a fancy presentation and some extra flavor, I'm thinking of basting the cut-out cookies with peach schnapps and sprinkling them with sugar before baking.