Friday, September 3, 2010

Sugared Cinema: Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Did my heart love 'til now?  Forswear its sight.  For I never saw true beauty 'til this night. 

I was 16 when the "new" Romeo + Juliet came out.  This was shortly after the demise of the most crucial teen drama series to ever hit primetime television (My So-Called Life) and a year before Jack Dawson won his ticket on the S.S. Titanic.   I still haven't let go.

Chalk it up to hormones but this version of Romeo + Juliet made me think.  Made me feel things, man. Not to mention it has a pretty impressive cast (John Leguizamo, Paul Sorvino, Paul Rudd before he discovered his inner funny), a diverse soundtrack and, well...Leonardo.

Leonardo, thou art the bomb.

Baz Luhrmann's adaptation put a creative and contemporary spin on a beloved classic...much like these peanut butter and jelly cookies.  

A bite-sized rendition of the classic lunchbox staple.

 PB&J Cookies
Recipe from Cooking with Amy

Here's what you'll need:

1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
jam or preserves, any flavor

I'm partial to Bonne Maman Four Fruits preserves.  Strawberries and raspberries and cherries and currants.  Oh my.

Let's get started.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease or use parchment paper to line a cookie sheet.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, peanut butter, sugar and egg until creamy.  

 Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls.  Place them 2-inches apart on the cookie sheet.

Using the back of a measuring spoon, press down into the center of the cookie.  You could use your thumb for this step ("Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?") but I like how perfectly rounded the well turns out using a measuring spoon.  

If I knew an ant who could skateboard, this is where I'd bring him to practice.

Spoon some jam into the centers.

Slide them in the oven and bake for 8-9 minutes.

When they're done, pull them out of the oven and let them sit for a minute before transferring to a cooling rack.

They look like Pepperidge Farm Veronas.
Veronas?  A coincidence?  I think not.

A sugary peace this morning with it brings;
The diet, for guilt, will not show its head:
Go hence, to have more bites of these delicious things;
Some shall be satiate'd, and some unfed:

For never was a story more deserved...

...than this of peanut butter and fruit preserves.


  1. looks so delicious these mini treats :)

  2. Oooooo these look too tempting. I think I need one now. I used to always listen to this soundtrack back in the day. Oh memories.

  3. As usual, OMG!

    And now, look at Leonardo, all grown and making such greats as The Departed and Inception.

    I'm still not over MSKL.

  4. Paula - thanks for dropping by :D

    Rick - Radiohead - Talk Show Host is my favorite on the soundtrack. The scene that it plays in is so good, too. Leo lighting up a cigarette on the beach and the slow-mo shots of the street performers...

    Margie - another way for us to get our PB&J fix. I wonder if Leo would've made a good Jordan Catalano?

  5. Love your cookies; love your rhyme. The last stanza might be even more perfect, thusly:

    "For never was a story more deserved,

    Than this of peanut butter and fruit, preserved."


  6. It is the east, and coming home to these RIDICULOUS cookies late at night is the sun.

  7. Rayanne: You wanna have sex with him.
    Angela: Who?
    Rayanne: Who. Jordan. Catalano. Come on, I'm not gonna tell anyone, just admit it.
    Angela: I just like how he's always leaning. Against stuff. He leans great. Well, either sex or a conversation. Ideally both.

  8. Slbbw - NOW it's perfect...thanks for stopping by :D

    Mike - what's here? An empty container? Eaten all, and left no friendly crumbs to help me after?

    Liam - I still have a bit of a grudge against Rayanne.

  9. One of my most loved soundtracks! I am a former raver girl.

  10. I fell in love with John Leguizamo all over again once I saw this.

  11. Baz Lurhmann movies are so creative. My favorite is Moulin Rouge. Your PB&J cookies look oh so scrumptious and the photos are as beautiful as ever!

    PS-I'm looking back on your Cereal Box cake post for some good ideas. I'm contemplating making one for the hubby for his bday. I just need to get over the fear of working with fondant :)

  12. I LOVE Romeo and Juliet. I'm going to have to watch that today now that you reminded me of it. Sigh.... And those COOKIES? I may have to make those. They look ridiculously delicious.

  13. Jennifula - hahaha. So am I. And most of my friends.

    Claudia - loved his shooting stance!

    Christa Rose - would you believe I haven't seen Moulin Rouge? I need to change that. This week, perhaps.

    Alwayzbakin - thanks!

  14. I wish I got to read Romeo and Juliet in school.