|Our 2009 Favorite Cookie - Chocolate Candy Cane|
I have discovered a source for cutout cookies at a local bakery, Milan Bakery and Miss Donut in Falls Church, VA. They sell simply decorated cutout and sugar cookies that both look good and taste great. They are not fancy but they melt in your mouth. The simple meringue icing tastes good, doesn't detract from the delicious cookie taste, and looks better than anything I could make.
As we have all aged, the cookie creations have been more about taste than decorating, and I have preferred to limit imbibing of Red no. 6 and other colors not found naturally in baked goods and focus instead on delectables that tickle the palate best.
First of all, I must confess that I use only butter in my cookie-making. So assume high fat content is the norm. If the recipe calls for vegetable oil, I melt butter and use that instead. It tastes better and you don't cut corners on taste when it comes to the serious business of cookie-making.
This morning one son, who is visiting for the weekend, awoke to chocolate crackles baking in the oven - the first batch out in time to have with his third sip of coffee. This prompted a comment something like "you are the best, Mom...cookies for breakfast!"
Cookies have a way of prompting such outbursts and reflect motherly yearnings for affirmation of worth and all that goes along with nurturing your progeny, be they young or adults.
This year's FABULOUS FOUR
|Favorite #1 - Chocolate Crackles|
|Favorite #2 - Snowball Cookies|
|Cookie #3 - Turtle Bars|
|Cookie #4 - Nancy's Orange Ginger Cookies|
C is for Christmas Cookies and Cheer. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Nancy's Orange Ginger Cookies
1 C butter
1 1/2 C sugar
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
3 C flour
2 teaspoon baking sode
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and syrup. Add remaining ingredients and thoroughly mix. Shape into 2 rolls. Wrap in waxed paper and chill.
Slice about 1/8 inch thick. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Yield: 4 dozen