strawberry sorbet in cookie cup

Do you have friends who text you recipes that cause you to at once drop everything, head to the store, and obliterate any cooking plans you had on the horizon?

Many of you do this to me. (Thank you.) My friend Michelle does so as well. She’s pointed me to so many good recipes over the years, most notably to Ruth Reichl’s roasted balsamic-eggplant sandwiches and most recently to David Lebovitz’s strawberry sorbet.

The recipe comes from The Perfect Scoop, which I’ve owned and loved for years. Every summer, I open it to find new inspiration, something I’ve missed in previous years, but somehow this one has escaped me, which is such a shame because, like David’s vanilla frozen yogurt, it’s so simple: toss strawberries with sugar, let them sit for an hour, purée with fresh lemon juice and sea salt, chill, churn, freeze.

I worried the sorbet would taste great on day one or immediately after churning, but then harden to a block of ice crystals the next day, which has been my experience with homemade ice creams and sorbets in the past. This didn’t happen. The longest I’ve stored this particular sorbet has been three days, and as long as it sits at room temperature for a good chunk of time — sometimes for as long as 20 minutes — before serving, it scoops up beautifully, with a texture as smooth and as creamy as when freshly churned.

Hooray!

This sorbet tastes like pure summer to me, and what I’ve loved about it the few times I’ve made it is that it’s found purpose for past-prime strawberries, which would have otherwise ended up in the freezer destined for a smoothie somewhere down the line. Not a terrible way to salvage the local berries, but when their season is so fleeting, and when they taste SO good, it’s nice to put them to use in a recipe in which they really shine. This one fits the bill. (As does this one.)

Almond Butterscotch Cookie Cups + A Lesson!

First: the lesson.

I made these almond-butterscotch cookie cups, another recipe from The Perfect Scoop, a million years ago to serve with this crème fraîche sorbet, then didn’t make them for years. While flipping through the TPS most recently, I saw a recipe for lemon-poppyseed cookie cups that I thought would pair so nicely with the strawberry sorbet.

I mixed up the batter, dropped it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, baked them for 10 minutes, and then … disaster! I couldn’t get the cookies to release from the parchment paper. I chalked it up to the recipe being a flop. But when I attempted to make these almond-butterscotch cookie cups — tried and true! — to replace the others, and they too stuck to the paper, I realized I was mistaken.

It was the parchment paper! My recent bread experiments had been sticking as well.

I started over using a different brand of parchment paper and had no issue, which makes me want to revisit the lemon poppyseed cookie cup recipe immediately, because doesn’t that sound so good: strawberry sorbet + lemon poppyseed cookies?

I will keep you posted.

In sum:

  • Almond butterscotch cookie cups are easy to make.
  • They look fancy — so lacy and delicate — but they require no skill. They are delicious, too.
  • Parchment or a silicon baking mat is essential.
  • Not all parchment paper is created equally.
  • This is such a festive summer dessert.

I hope you’ll give it a go.

Here’s the play-by-play: Hull 1 -1.5 lbs. strawberries.
strawberries in bowl

These weighed about 1.25 lbs. post hulling.
strawberries, hulled

Toss with sugar until the sugar …
strawberries with sugar

… becomes liquidy. Let sit for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
strawberries and syrup

Transfer mixture to a food processor.
food processor with strawberries

Purée until smooth, then add fresh lemon and sea salt.
food processor with strawberry puree

Transfer to a storage container (love these … so versatile) and chill until cold, at least one hour.
strawberry puree

Churn in an ice cream maker. (I have the Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment.) Then freeze for at least another hour before serving.
freshly churned strawberry sorbet

Bring to room temperature before serving … this may take as long as 20 minutes.
a tub of strawberry sorbet

You can serve it straight up, or …
A bowl of strawberry sorbet.

… make these almond butterscotch-cookie cups.
butterscotch cookie batter on sheet pan

butterscotch cookie batter

So festive.
almond-butterscotch cookie cups

And delicious.
almond-butterscotch cookie cups

strawberry sorbet in cookie cup

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