This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies really started to make the house smell like the holidays! Though in my head, I’m far from being ready (so much to do! so many lists of unfinished things to do!), there’s no denying that it’s December. The chill in the air is real and, if you teach students under the age of 12, the excitement in the air is palpable!
Last weekend I spent nearly the entire day in the kitchen both days, working on a few final recipes for the “Goûter” chapter for my book. The kitchen was organised chaos as I researched variations on the recipes I was baking (spreadsheets à go-go!) and while it felt a little like a bakery for a while there, I got what I needed to get done with some great results.
Baking or cooking dishes other than those for my book felt like a holiday and these cookies were no exception. You start out with a base of Dorie’s Do-Almost-Anything Vanilla Cookie Dough and add some spices, roll out the dough, chill and cut the cookies out. If you like, you can sprinkle with a little sanding sugar before you pop them in the oven.
For this first batch, I rolled the dough too thin. For a few weeks now, I had not been able to find the 1/4″ ring for my adjustable rolling pin and I figured I would wing it. The less-than-stellar results (above) made me head to the basement to dig around in my baking supplies – a little searching unearthed the elusive rings and I had much better success with the thicker cookies for the second batch…
They baked a lot more evenly and the dough was much easier to handle. I’m not entirely sure the sugar I used classifies as “sanding sugar” – it melted a little bit when it baked, but then again, what are Christmas cookies unless they have that “homemade ” air about them? 😉
I had been posting my various baking projects on social media and a friend wondered whether there might be something I could donate to a bake sale she was running. She’d injured her back and wasn’t able to stand and bake herself. I told her as long as she could come by and pick them up, they were hers!
Get the recipe for Dorie’s Christmas spice cookies here or on page 236-238 of Dorie’s Cookies.
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