Thursday, November 17, 2011
Getting Ready (a baking spree)
See, the program was fairly short, and I thought that people should have a good reason to hang around for a while. I had suggested that the students might want to organize a reception, but this is tricky for undergraduates who live in dorms and don't have ready access to a kitchen, ingredients, etc.
Sue was understandably worried: we don't like to have a bunch of this stuff around the house, because we're always watching our weight. She need not have been concerned. There was a good-sized audience, and they scooped everything up in a heartbeat! There wasn't a crumb left. (The concert was pretty good, too.)
Now, the spice cookie recipe. I'm a little apprehensive about posting this, because I honestly don't remember where I got it! So if this is your recipe, I heartily apologize if I've stolen it. It's really good, and it's quick and easy.
(click on the title to open a printer-friendly version of the recipe in a new window)
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm
2-1/2 cups of white sugar
1 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, cloves, and ginger
1/2 teaspoon each of ground cardamom and nutmeg
1 beaten egg
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of baking soda (yes, a TABLESPOON) dissolved in ¼ cup of warm water
¼ cup molasses (warm it briefly in the microwave for easy pouring)
4 cups flour
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter with the sugar, spices, eggs, and salt.
2. Mix up the baking soda-water mixture and pour it into the batter; stir to combine.
3. Stir in the molasses.
4. Stir in the flour; the dough will be quite stiff. Keep working it with a wooden spoon until it is well combined.
5. Drop the dough in walnut-sized lumps onto greased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 - 12 minutes, until brown and crackled.
Makes about 4-1/2 dozen cookies.
There are lots of ways to make people happy. One is to sing beautifully to them. Another is to give them a tasty homemade cookie. And sometimes it's nice to do both.
We're coming to the season of tasty treats. I hope yours are delicious and gratifying as a song.
Posted by David Schildkret at 11:32 AM