Our friends in Greece need all of our moral support these days. What better way to show our backing than by adding a traditional Greek cookie to the holiday mix? And any cookies that asks the baker to insert whole cloves and then later remove them sound interesting.
Greek Holiday Cookies
Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened; 1/2 cup granulated sugar; 1 egg; 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon brandy extract; 2 1/2 cups flour; 1 teaspoon baking powder; 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves; 1/4 teaspoon salt; whole cloves; confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla, and brandy extract until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder, ground cloves and salt. Beat on low speed until a soft dough forms.
Shape dough by heaping teaspoonfuls into crescents. Arrange the cookies 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Press two whole cloves into the ends of each cookie.
Bake 10 minutes or until set. Cool cookies on baking sheet for one minute before transferring to cooling racks. Dust with confectioners’ sugar while still warm. Remove whole cloves before serving.