Living in Tulsa and Southern California Makes For An Interesting Life - Especially After All Those Grey Years In Seattle
Sunday, December 30, 2012
My Grandmother Was An Amazing Cook, But She Actually Always Bought These Cookies At Christmas, So I Had To Figure Out The Recipe On My Own - With Only The Tiniest Bit Of Inspiration From Martha Stewart
Finally - pictures of the cookies no one really likes. Aren't they lovely? And so low fat - just 2 tablespoons of butter in the whole batch. Plus those 4 eggs. Actually, I should just give my whole recipe - Beat the 4 eggs with an electric mixer for 1 minute and then add 2 tablespoons of soft butter and 2 teaspoons of Anise oil, (or if you can't find Anise oil, use Anise extract), and beat another minute. Add 2 cups sugar and beat for 10 more minutes. Mix in 4 cups flour mixed with 2 teaspoons baking powder - which will make such a thick dough that you might have to finish mixing by hand. Chill at least 1 hour. Roll out on a floured surface and and then use your decorative rolling pin to make the patterns. Cut apart, place on parchment paper on a baking sheet and cover with a tea towel. Let set overnight (if you want the pattern to be more defined), and then bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes. Because I like them a little browned. Traditionally, they're baked a little less and are still totally white - but they're my cookies and since I am the only one who eats them, I make them how I like. Come to think of it, if I just changed the flavoring to maybe Almond or Vanilla, they might be more popular - but Tradition is its own reward. Good Times!