Sunday, November 12, 2017

Another Edible Gift - Herbal Holiday Cookies

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This rosy cider simmers for just 10 minutes, making a great choice for drop-in visitors or last-minute parties. Great served with Christmas Cookies.

Rosie Christmas Cider
small orange, halved
teaspoon whole cloves
cups apple cider or apple juice
cups cranberry juice
tablespoon honey
inches stick cinnamon

Push tips of cloves into orange rinds. 
 In a 4- to 6-quart Dutch oven, combine cider, cranberry juice and honey. Add clove-studded orange halves and stick cinnamon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Discard orange halves and cinnamon sticks before serving.

Holiday Spice Cookies
Cookies always take some planning and a bit of effort, but the recipients of these cookie gifts will be grinning all through the holiday.  And the spicy flavor makes them a perfect complement to the Cider recipe above.

Chewy Spice Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled 
3 1/4 teaspoons Cinnfull Dessert Blend*
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 
3/4 cup vegetable shortening (preferably trans-fat-free) 
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar 
1 large egg 
1/2 cup molasses 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
1/4 cup granulated sugar 

Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, Cinnful Dessert Blend, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Using an electric mixer, beat the shortening and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and beat in the egg, molasses, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined (do not over mix).  Place the granulated sugar on a plate. Roll heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls; roll in the sugar to coat. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Using a glass, press the balls to a ⅜-inch thickness and sprinkle with more granulated sugar.  Bake, rotating the sheets halfway through, until the edges are firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

*Email me at if you want a substitute spice blend for the Cinnful Desert Blend mentioned in the recipe.

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