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Adventures in Cookieland

That sounds like the title of a truly awful children’s book, doesn’t it? Nothing horrible though, I promise, though the quantity of cookies I baked today is truly ridiculous. I used all the flour, all the eggs, all the vanilla, and enough butter to keep a whole herd of cows occupied.

Before I forget, though: my contribution to the refrigerator magnet meme:

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Don’t worry – I was carefully supervised during this project by an observer outside the kitchen window, sometimes by a whole flock of inspectors.

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I followed the usual steps while baking: first, assemble the ingredients.

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I have good chocolate, but why exactly do I need three bottles of molasses?

I went with the “baking in parallel” approach, rather than “baking in series”.

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I set up four bowls at once, and did each step for all four bowls at a time.

There were gingersnaps, crunchy on the edges and chewy in the middle, and much beloved of Morgan.

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Peanut butter, by Nick’s request, and inspiring much begging from the dog.

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Pinwheels, one of my favorites.

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And of course, decorated sugar cookies, a Christmas staple. Usually, they aren’t decorated with dinosaurs, but that may be an oversight by the rest of the world.

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Three of the recipes were standard cookbook fare, but here’s the pinwheel recipe, copied from one of my mother’s cookbooks onto a now-tattered and butter-spotted slip of yellow paper.

Pinwheels
1/2 c butter, softened
3/4 c sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted

The usual cookie thing: cream butter and sugar; beat in vanilla and egg; gradually add combined dry ingredients.
Here’s the fun part: divide dough in half. Add melted chocolate to half, and mix firmly. Chill.
Divide the cold dough into quarters. Roll out a rectangle of chocolate, and another of vanilla. Stack them, and roll jellyroll-fashion (longways). Slice into rounds.
Bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes.

If you are feeling creative, you can do many sorts of other things with the dough. I’ve done checkerboards, and though I’ve never tried it millefiori seems quite possible.

Warning: the chocolate part is the best cookie dough ever.

It looks like this in progress.

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5 Comments on “Adventures in Cookieland”

  1. #1 Beezee
    on Dec 24th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Hurrah the cookies Phiala! Now I have a pinwheel recipe again. I lost my grandma’s a long time ago.

  2. #2 Phiala
    on Dec 24th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Oh yay! Consider it an unexpected holiday gift. :)

  3. #3 Bryn
    on Dec 26th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Funny you should say that – we had some multi-coloured dinosaur sprinkles and the entire bottle got used up on on our cookies. I could take pictures, but they’d be mainly for amusement value, for you’d see what happens when you turn your back on the five-year-old who is helping decorate the cookies. Maybe I should, and they can be blackmail material when he’s older…

  4. #4 Phiala
    on Dec 27th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Ah, but Bryn… my dinosaur-loving assistant is 41, not 5! *grin*

  5. #5 Laura
    on Dec 29th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Wow! Lots and LOTS of cookies!

    I am glad to learn that there are dinosaur sprinkles. ;)