Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Perfect Cookie for Santa..................
Last week I went to our local library's book sale - "buck a bag". Now that's a real deal. I love to buy old Christmas magazines because you can find some great ideas for the holidays. One of them had these cookies that had my mouth watering.
I tweaked the recipe a bit and decided to call them "Spice Crinkles." I got to thinking of poor Santa and all the sugary cookies that he has to eat on Christmas eve and decided that these cookies might really delight him. They're more for adults and would be wonderful with a nice cup of hot tea. I bet Santa would go for the tea, also.
If you're like me, you've never used cardamom and you're in for a real treat.
So, here's the recipe for all of you to try:
3/4 Cup softened butter
1 Cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 Cup mild molasses
2 1/4 Cups flour
Cream the butter and brown sugar together. Add the soda, cardamom and cinnamon and mix well. Add the molasses and egg and beat together. Then beat in the flour.
Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in white sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes or until done and the tops are nicely cracked. Cool on a rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
You better write out the recipe now on little cards because everyone will ask you for it!
This afternoon I took a short walk so that I could snap a picture for you of the wild buckwheat that grows all around up here. Apparently, California has many different varieties. Some even call this plant a weed. It's wonderful for butterflies and small animals and insects use it as a cover. In fall it turns a deep rusty brown color.
Hope you enjoy the cookies and if you haven't left a comment on the post, "October Sock Give-A-Way" be sure to do so. You don't want to miss out on a chance to win a pair of women's hand cranked socks! See you on my next post.............