Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver-white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things...."
|Maria is one of my favorite things!|
Anyway, I love this time of year because I get to do so many many of my favorite things.
Which by they way, looking up and retelling useless facts about music is one of my favorite things!
Another one of my favorite things this time of year is the annual Oxford Dictionary "word of the year." Yes, I admit I am often complicit in all of these annual end of the year events. Oh wait, complicit is actually this year's word of the year! :) Wait that was 2015's word of the year.
Well, I guess that is a good word for me as it's really questionable why I continue to make silly blog posts and continue to log into a ridiculous social media site dedicated to "married dating." And yet here I am continuing to be complicit to all!!!
Well my other favorite thing to do this time of year is JZ's annual holiday cookie post.
And so to be complicit in choosing to continue to be involved in a few of my favorite things I'll give you a cookie idea from a place I've know for many years and is truly one of my favorite places.
If I was going to accuse smells of being complicit with the Christmas spirit, the following would be at the top of my list: ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. And where would you find all of those complicit smells? Well one place is inside of an Old Salem style Moravian cookie!
There is just something about Old Salem, NC and its Moravian roots of brotherhood and peace that makes the area so special at Christmas. I love the beautiful Moravian Stars, the crisp Carolina pine air, and of course the smell of baking cookies.
So here is how to make those cookies:
0.5 Cup Light Brown Sugar
0.75 tsp Baking Soda
0.5 tsp Salt
0.75 tsp Ginger
0.75 tsp Cloves
0.25 tsp Nutmeg
0.75 tsp Cinnamon
0.25 tsp Allspice
1 Cup Molasses
0.5 Cup Shortening
4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
* In a medium bowl whisk together the sugar, soda, salt, and all the spices
* In a medium saucepan heat the molasses just to the boiling point but do not boil (does not take long so don't get involved in a Charley Brown Christmas).
* Stir in shortening into molasses until perfectly smooth and cool slightly.
* Transfer molasses and shortening to a mixing bowl and beat in sugar and spice mixture.
* As you are mixing add small amounts of flour, stirring to combine. Continue adding flour until mixture becomes a sticky dough texture.
* Empty dough mixture from bowl onto a well floured counter surface.
* Knead the flour with hands until dough holds together. Dough does need to be stiff.
* Roll dough into a ball and refrigerate until firm.
* You may wish to wrap dough in plastic so it does not dry out.
* Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
* Cut off portion of dough and roll on floured surface until paper thin.
* Cut cookies into 2" circles (or your favorite cookie cutter image). You may need a spatula or even a sharp paring knife to lift cookies off counter and onto baking sheet.
* Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and place cookies 0.5" apart.
* Bake 4 minutes; rotate tray and then bake for 2 more. Allow cookies to cool on tray before you remove.
* Store cookies in airtight container and they will last for some time, though usually not long enough to go stale as I usually eat them in one sitting!
May the cookies be with us. :-D
And here is that original Christmas version of Julie Andrews singing My Favorite Things