The Cookie Book: January

Hello Friends, I am posting way late today because I had one of those busy days filled with normal, scheduled activities like volunteering in my son's classrom, and unplanned activities like taking my husband to the chiropractor before his back went out on him and then stopping at the Apple Store for a new iPhone after resisting for two weeks.

Anyway, I am now all connected again -- my laptop is back with a brand new video card, I can receive texts and voicemails again (my landline is connected to a rotary phone with no answering machine) and best of all, I have a way to play music again! I was able to download my camera too.

I picked up this vintage book at a flea market last fall and it has a cookie recipe for each month of the year, plus a recommended "special day for cookies" each month. January is all about Sugar and Spice Cookies, and who cares if I made them on January 10th instead of January 1st.

Sugar and Spice Cookies

1/2 C. butter or other soft shortening
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons molasses (light or dark)
1 C. flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
a pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 C. confectioner's sugar

Set the oven to 375 degrees.
Grease the cookie sheets (oops, I missed that and it is important with these cookies)

1. Get a large mixing bowl. Cream the butter and granulated sugar together.
2. Add the egg and beat well.
3. Add the molasses and mix well.
4. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, salt and three spices together.
5. Stir flour mixture into molasses mixture until incorporated.
6. Drop one full teaspoon of batter at a time onto cookie sheet, leaving room (cookies will spread).
7. Bake for 10 minutes, then check. They should look flat, crinkled and firm. If not, bake for an additional two minutes.
8. Set cookies on a wire rack to cool.
9. But don't let them cool all the way because now you need to take the warm cookies and dredge them in the confectioner's sugar on both sides.

I did not type this recipe exactly the way it is in the book because it's geared for kids who don't know what sifting means, etc. These cookies were very yummy! February is all about Coconut Drops, I can't wait!

Happy weekend!