And we have hit our stride. Yesterday's cookies were exceptional (and they were delicious this morning, along with the Cranberry-Walnut Biscotti), and today's cookies may just be a little bit of heaven: Molasses Cookies.
The cookie batter was a lovely shade of pumpkin pie; we didn't have any ground cinnamon for the batter, so we ground some sticks, first with a lemon zester (not very effective), and finally with a coffee grinder:
We wish we could report in Smell-O-Vision today; we left the house and came back in several times to get the full effect. Totally worth it, except when the cat got out and we had to chase him across the pasture before continuing.
These little balls get a coating of sugar to finish them,
and then into the oven.
The first batch spread out; story of our baking life:
But the taste and texture was totally worth it; a crunchy first bite as your teeth break the surface of the cookie, and then a very satisfying chew at the end.
We modified the recipe very slightly, nearly doubling the spices and using only one teaspoon of baking soda, as per the overwhelming suggestions of the reviewers. This may very well be a year-round cookie; there are no complicated spices or ingredients, and they would go very well as the sandwich ends of a scoop of lemon frozen yogurt (or a raspberry-ginger frozen yogurt, or plain old vanilla). A sophisticated but humble little cookie that would also go well with the port wines the recipe suggests, if you feel like getting fancy.
Either way, we may end up freezing some of them for later. The tins in the back are cookies from day 2 and 3, and this recipe made four dozen cookies. We are being overrun.
Next Up: Russian teaballs, the patriarch's favorite, from a recipe we developed. Very simple, melt-in-your-mouth, buttery goodness. They will not last the evening.
We are also taking suggestions and requests. What cookie means "holiday" to you?