last post's disaster, I decided to try something that I am well versed at making: cookies. Of course, until my last post I thought I was a pretty mean cake maker, so... although, this recipe seemed pretty easy and straightforward:
94. Cookies, No. 2. "One cup of butter, well mixed with two and a half cups of sugar, three eggs, one cup of milk, one tea-spoonful of saleratus, salt and spices to your taste, flour enough to mould it."
Okay. Deep breath. I can do this.
"One cup of butter, well mixed with two and a half cups of sugar--"
"one cup of milk,"--
I mixed all of these together in a separate bowl, to ensure that the spices were evenly mixed together. In thinking of common
spices found in pantries during the 1800s, I used
cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. In my head, I could hear Homer Simpson: "Mmmmmm, spice cookies".
I tasted the dough and it seemed promising. With a mix of apprehension and anticipation, I scooped tablespoon-sized blobs of batter onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and baked them for 12 minutes at 375 degrees. And...
Mmmmm, redemption tastes so good!!
Since I'm pleased with this receipt, I'm sharing my adapted receipt for you below:
1/2 C butter (one stick, softened)
1 C sugar
1 large egg
1/2 C milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer. Add eggs, vanilla and milk and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda, salt, flour, and spices together well, then slowly add to the wet mixture; mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until set and slightly brown on top.
This yields 18-24 cookies, depending on the size.