|from the family of Soldier’s Joy|
My mother-in-law introduced me to the tradition of having cookies at this season of year, and I have made an obsession out of it. I have been trying to cut back, because often in the last decade there aren’t enough young or thin people around, people who eat cookies with abandon.
But preparing several kinds and stashing them in the freezer has become a tradition, and this year, in anticipation of having many potential appreciators in the house, I have been enjoying baking. There must be some connection to childlikeness there, but I can’t get into thinking too much about it, because the cookies that are in the oven right now might burn while I am philosophizing.
So I will just give you some pictures and recipes for a few of the favorites we have discovered over the years. I wrote before with photos of Neapolitans. They are beautiful cookies and very nice to eat, too!
Bizcochitos are the State Cookie of New Mexico. They have anise and cinnamon and crunch, and many local variations.
|Chunky Ginger Spice|
Chunky Ginger Cookies are full of spice including ginger in the chewy crystalline form.
I have a whole book of Peppernut cookie history and recipes, given to me by a friend many years ago, but I insisted on devising my own recipe, which includes diced fruit-flavored gumdrops and makes cookies that are no bigger than nuts.
A couple of years ago I found Chocolate Macaroons on the Odense website. The only change I made from their recipe is to use extra-large egg whites. The dough seems to me a little runny (even when I tried adding a little extra flour) to be called “paste,” but after sitting in the fridge overnight it was easily rolled into a ball that baked into a nicely shaped cookie. The main ingredient is almond paste, so if you like marzipan you will appreciate them.
This is my last post for Pom Pom‘s Childlike Christmas Party. I’m glad she hosted the party, because it gave me the structure I needed to get any blogging at all done in this busy month. Thank you, Pom Pom!
It’s been very much fun! Merry Christmas to all! And if you have cookies at Christmas, please eat one of each kind for me.