The White Chocolate Ginger Star Assembly Line

It’s been a full day of baking, but I’m just about done.  I’ve got cookies for Mom, the boys, clients, neighbors, friends — and a few left over for Kish to nibble.

For a while we had quite an assembly line going, particularly as I finished the white chocolate ginger stars, which were fun to make and taste pretty good, too.

As always when I have one of my baking days, I end up with a new appreciation for people whose jobs require them to be on their feet all day.  After standing in the kitchen for hours, my dogs are really barking.

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Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2011 (VI)

I posted this recipe a few years ago, but I’ve decided that it is my favorite Christmas cookie — and therefore it deserves to be posted anew.  I like to make these with colored sugar sprinkled on top, or almonds pressed into the middle, but this year I’ve also added candied cherries, too.

Dutch Spice Cookies

Ingredients:  1 cup softened butter; 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar; 1 egg; 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour; 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon; 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg; 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves.

Baking:  In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.  Add brown sugar and beat until fluffy.  Add egg; beat well. 

In a separate mixing bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until well mixed.  Cover and chill in refrigerator for about 1 hour, until firm enough to handle.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll the dough into 1-inch balls.  Place balls about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets and flatted with floured cookie stamp or bottom of drinking glass with a design in it.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light brown on bottom.  Lift cookies onto rack to cool.

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2011

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2011 (II)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2011 (III)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2011 (IV)

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2011 (V)

Ducks On A Frozen Pond, December 2011

It’s been very cold here recently, and on this morning’s walk Penny and I saw that the pond at no. 5 North is now covered with a sheet of ice — one strong enough to support the weight of a pair of waddling Canadian geese.  The remaining ducks were huddled in the lone, rapidly shrinking unfrozen section, doing their best to stay warm on a frosty morning.