Monday, December 13, 2010

Improv Cookies

Okay, so I know that I said I'd post the scone recipe from this summer. I haven't forgotten the promise. Time just got away from me. Forgive me?

Anyway, I will post it and soon. I just have to make them again to refresh my memory as I didn't actually write anything down at the time.

To tide you over until then, here is a recipe I made up yesterday while we were housebound.

You see, I haven't really been able to get into the holiday spirit due to the move. Yesterday, I was really looking forward to going to a co-op and getting ingredients to makes Christmas cookies. Alas, the roads were closed and I was bummed.

Then I decided to try and use what I had around the house and see if I could make anything edible. And I did!

Here it is:

Winter Sunrise Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks of butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp orange flavor/extract
2 cups dried cranberries
Powdered Sugar (for dusting)

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl and whisk together. Set aside. Combine butter and sugar and beat until nice and fluffy. Continue beating, adding one egg at a time. Beat in orange extract. Slowly mix in flour. Once everything is combined, stir in dried cranberries.

Place teaspoonfuls of mixture on non-stick baking sheet (I cover the baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper). Bake for approx. 12 minutes (depending on oven). Remove from oven and dust with sifted powdered sugar. After a minute or two remove from baking sheet and cool on rack.

Then eat this yummy bit of sweet winter sunshine!

You could probably add your favorite nuts to the recipe as well. I just didn't have any and Jonathan doesn't like nuts anyway.

And one more thing...

Check out our frozen windows.

Our Kitchen Window.

Our Bedroom Window.

Baby, it's cold outside.

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