Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2013 (II)

Some Christmas cookies are staples — in the Webner household, it just wouldn’t be the holidays without iced cutout cookies — but I always like trying a few new cookies and adding them to the mix.  I found this recipe for this delicate concoction in the helpful King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, and they look fun to make.  Any cookie that you bake by flipping over a baking sheet and using the bottom is worth trying at least once.

Honey Crisps

Ingredients:  4 tablespoons unsalted butter; 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted; 3 tablespoons honey; 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger; 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted; 3 large egg whites

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Flip over your baking sheet and lightly grease the bottom, so the rim of the cookie sheet won’t interfere with lifting the cookies after they are baked.

Cream together butter and confectioners’ sugar.  Add the honey and mix until smooth.  Add the ginger and half the flour and stir.  Whisk the egg whites briefly, then add half of the egg whites to the mixture.  Add the remaining flour and stir, then add the rest of the egg whites and mix until a smooth batter forms.

Drop the batter by teaspoonful on the back of the cookie sheet, then use the back of a wet spoon to spread the batter to circles about three inches in diameter, so thin you can almost see through it.  Bake for 4-6 minutes until cookies are golden brown.  Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the baking sheet for about a minute, until you can move them without the cookies wrinkling.  The cookies can then be shaped or served flat.  I’m going to try shaping the cookies, with a honey-nut filling or a fruit filling, to put a different shape in my holiday cookie tins.

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2013

The Rewards Of Blogging

I like blogging.  I’ve always enjoyed writing, which I think is fun and mentally relaxing.  Blogging helps to satiate that nagging creative impulse brooding just below the surface.  I feel good when I hit the “publish” button after I’ve finished a piece, and I really appreciate it when one of my postings receives a positive comment.

IMG_5421Sometimes, however, the rewards of blogging can be more tangible.  My recent posting about purchasing new cookie sheets and getting ready to bake Christmas cookies apparently caused Aunt Corinne and her long-time friend, our Loyal Akron Reader, to reach out to Kish with ideas for an early Christmas gift for yours truly.  Yesterday Kish presented me with two first-class cookie sheets, some reusable parchment paper, the King Arthur Flour cookie and cupcake decorating set, and the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, the Essential Cookie Cookbook.  The book includes hundreds of cookie recipes, as well as tips on cookie preparation, ingredients, and baking tools.

When baking time rolls around after Thanksgiving, I’ll be diving into the Cookie Companion for new concoctions and helpful guidance.  Thanks to Aunt Corinne, the Loyal Akron Reader, and my lovely wife for their thoughtfulness!  With this influx of equipment, recipes, and advice, this is shaping up to be the best holiday baking season ever.