Advent Day 15: Spice Cookies

A cookie that bring’s me right back to my childhood. Do you have a scent memory? With clouds nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon whirling through my kitchen while these cookies bake, I remember sitting at the kitchen table watching Ma wrap gifts. I remember my nursery school had sent home a calender counting off days to Christmas and how every evening my dad would lift me onto the counter to reach the calender and cross off another day. I remember how my parents sang “He knows if you’ve been sleeping…” to get me to go to bed because Santa would know. The scent of cloves reminds me of Christmases Past. The other night when I went to bake these cookies I quickly found that I did not have ground cloves so had to grind whole ones in my coffee grinder. That is the way to go people. And fresh whole nutmeg over a microplane is a must as well. Give these a try, maybe you will have a happy Christmases Past flashback too.

Spice Cookies
1 1/4 c. sugar
5 c. flour
1 c. milk
3 eggs
1 T. baking soda
1 T. baking powder
2 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
1/2 cup butter
1 t. vanilla
1 t. fresh ground nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. fresh ground cloves

Sprinkles for decoration
Icing, recipe below

Mix all ingredients well. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out cookies and place on parchment lined cookie sheets. I used a small scoop that I had lightly greased and then dipped into flour between each cookie- each cookie was about a 1 inch ball. In a 325 degree oven bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire cooling racks and continue with the rest of the dough until all the cookies are baked. Cool completely. To ice, dip each cookie in icing, shaking off the excess. Then dip in sprinkles that have been poured in a bowl. Place on wire racks to set up. Store in airtight containers until ready to serve. Makes about 100.

Icing
3 cups powdered sugar
6 t. light karo syrup
8 t. milk
1 t. vanilla

Mix all together. Mixture will be thick and shiny. If too thick for dipping add a few drops of milk at a time. Do not get it too thin or it will not set up and the sprinkles will drip off.

Come back tomorrow for Day 16.


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3 Comments

  1. avatar Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]
    Posted 12/15/2010 at 3:46 PM | Permalink

    Those cookies sound delicious! I always love hearing how parents used Christmas and Santa to get kids to do all kinds of things :)

  2. avatar High Plains Drifters
    Posted 12/16/2010 at 12:02 PM | Permalink

    Spice, spice, baby!

    Can't find the link but Science Friday just did a show about how powerful smell is with respect to memory. Didn't need a federal grant and university study to figure that out!!

    Cheers!

  3. avatar Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer
    Posted 12/17/2010 at 7:50 PM | Permalink

    Love Spice Cookies, make your house smell soooo good when baking.

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