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PostPosted: Sun 21 Nov, 2004 8:14 pm    Post subject: Ginger shortbread cookies and a microplane Reply with quote

whoo hoo! Today I got to use my brand new microplane to grate the fresh ginger to make Ginger Shortbread cookies. I'm going to a cookie party in a couple of weeks and decided that while the Spicy Sugar Cookies in my Canadian Living magazine a couple of years ago were delicious, I think the ginger shortbread cookies are just a little better. Idea Maybe I'll make both.

The microplane is magnificent. The ginger was perfect--so fine Exclamation I also got to use it yesterday when I helped make lemon icing for my birthday cake http://etherwork.net/recipes/cake.html#whitecake that had some added spice to it ( 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, pinch of cloves)--the cake, not the icing had the spices. My 10 year old son bravo! , who gave me the microplane for my birthday, made the cake completely by himself la la la with a very very small amount of help from his dad who later told me that the BrownBoy needed no supervision and put everything away neatly.

stomp stomp skip skip la la la la la la whoo hoo! whoo hoo!


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PostPosted: Mon 22 Nov, 2004 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Birthday, MrsBrown! Mmmmm spice cake with lemon icing sounds wonderful!!

I'm glad to hear that the microplane does such a good job with ginger. I'm afraid I'm a microplane scoffer. Whenever I see the foodTV people using it to create lemon or lime zest, I think they're crazy. It seems like it would be too easy to get down to the pulp. But even I have to admit that the microplane would be skip great skip for whoo hoo! grating whoo hoo! ginger.

What a coincidence! The domestic goddess has just hosted a cookie swap for IMBB#10 (Is My Blog Burning). For my entry in IMBB#10 (http://etherwork.net/recipes/blog.html), I sent our ginger shortbread recipe

Spicy sugar cookies sound good. What kind of spices?




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PostPosted: Mon 22 Nov, 2004 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

llizard wrote:
Spicy sugar cookies sound good. What kind of spices?


It's a basic sugar cookie recipe with added spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of cloves (the recipe calls for allspice but I don't have any). They're lovely and crisp and a very light brown colour.

llizard wrote:

What a coincidence! The domestic goddess has just hosted a cookie swap for IMBB#10 (Is My Blog Burning). For my entry in IMBB#10 (http://etherwork.net/recipes/blog.html), I sent our ginger
shortbread recipe


What a coincidence indeed!! I've done cookie exchanges for a couple of years now. The first year was brilliant--people put a lot of effort into the cookies so I got some nice cookies for Christmas. Last year was rather poor--many of the people made things like chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and added some dried cranberries to make them festive. While I quite like oatmeal cookies (although I can't eat them with chocolate chips in them), they aren't what I want to put on a cookie tray to present to my guests. I'm in a different cookie exchange this year where I only have to make 3 dozen cookies and divide them into half dozens which is much better than making 5 dozen cookies divided into half dozens.

I just read your blog, llizard. Your crescents sound very much like a Mexican nut cookie that my son discovered 2 years ago when he was doing a study of Christmas Around the World for school. He was in charge of Mexico and we made the most delicious nut cookies. Now we MUST make them every year.

Mexican Nut Cookies

1 cup butter
cup icing sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
cup nuts, chopped

1. Beat butter until creamy. Add sugar, mixing until light and fluffy.
2. Stir in flour and nuts; mix well.
3. Shape into 1 inch balls.
4. Bake on greased baking sheet in 350 oven for 12 15 minutes.
5. Remove from oven while still warm.
6. Roll cookies in additional icing sugar. Cool completely on wire rack.

Makes 4 dozen cookies


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PostPosted: Mon 22 Nov, 2004 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for both cookie recipes, MrsBrown. Of course, not being a regular cookie baker, I don't know that I have ever made a "basic sugar cookie"... are they all pretty much the same with the dough made from white sugar, flour and butter(?) that is refrigerated, then rolled out, cut into shapes, baked and sprinkled with granulated sugar when they're hot? Do you use coloured sugar for the festive ones?

MrsBrown wrote:
Your crescents sound very much like a Mexican nut cookie that my son discovered 2 years ago when he was doing a study of Christmas Around the World for school. He was in charge of Mexico and we made the most delicious nut cookies.


Yes, the Mexican nut cookie dough does look similar to our crescent dough recipe. What kind of nuts do you use in them?


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PostPosted: Mon 22 Nov, 2004 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

llizard wrote:

Yes, the Mexican nut cookie dough does look similar to our crescent dough recipe. What kind of nuts do you use in them?


I use a mix of almonds and pecans.

llizard wrote:

Do you use coloured sugar for the festive ones?


I make trees, both large (2 1/2 inch) and small (1 inch), so I can differentiate between the sugary spice cookies and the ginger shortbread (I make large stars and small angels as I don't have any small stars). On the trees, I put those little ball sprinkles, sometimes some coloured sugar, sometimes the sprinkles that look like sticks. I prefer the small ball kind of sprinkles because they look like teeny Christmas ornaments.

Sugary Spice Cookies

1 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch ground allspice (I used cloves)

Beat together butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. In separate
bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Stir into butter mixture in 2
additions. Divide into 2 balls and flatten into discs. Wrap and
refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.

Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut cookies. Bake at 350 for about
10 minutes. Makes about 60 cookies (if you use a 3 inch cookie cutter,
makes about 200 if you use teeny cookie cutters).

Note: I let my dough sit in the fridge overnight and it was REALLY hard to roll out. I had to let it sit out for at least an hour before I was able to roll it.


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