January 1, 2017
I also realized after the nose blowing and sneezing and extreme eye watering began, that I was producing way too much bodily fluid to present myself at our annual extended family Christmas Eve gathering, so I sent along Andrew and Julia, and I stayed home, mucous running EVERYWHERE, and eating soup and watching holiday romance movies on Netflix.
(sidenote: I watched a few holiday romance movies and I'll be back next holiday season with some reviews because....there's a lot of hilarity to be mined from them, my friends.)
Julia looked at me with a mixture of disgust and pity and said, Mama I love you but you are disgusting. Christmas Day, I coasted along pretty well with the help of Bendryl to dry up my nose a bit. I had made our side dishes for dinner earlier in the week, so all we had to do for dinner was open up the oven and put them in, along with the ham. Easy peasy. Then the day after Christmas I got even sicker, and spent the next 2 days on our sofa with several blankets and all of the pets.
Twasn't the flu. But twas the WORST COLD I EVER HAVE HAD IN MY LIFE and I've had some lovely and juicy colds in my day. And here we are, New Years Day I'm writing this, and I'm better but still hacking up bits of phlegm.
Let's move from phlegm to cookies.
They are light. They won't make your tummy feel sad. They are crisp. (I used to hate crisp cookies. I only wanted soft, chewy cookies. But there's something about big chewy cookies that sometimes make me feel like I need to gasp for air, they can be so rich and heavy.)
And it's a good thing they are so light and crisp, because you will want to eat several at a time, several times a day. These cookies just FLEW into my mouth.
They come from one of my all time favorite cookbooks, the 'Crabtree & Evelyn Cookbook', which I have mentioned many many many times on the blog. It's got loads of darling photos and really interesting recipes and I just adore it. If you love beautiful cookbooks that you like flipping through over and over, this is the one for you. I've had it since my mid-twenties and I love it as much now as I did the day I bought it.
I hope you have some time this winter to make these little stars and that they brighten your day as much as they did ours. They are such.....nice little cookies.
CINNAMON STARS - via 'Crabtree & Evelyn Cookbook'
1 cup flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Whisk flour, cinnamon, and salt together in a small bowl. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add egg yolk and beat until light. Add flour mixture and blend well. Cover and chill cookie dough in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of dough 1/8 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2-inch star shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place them 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet (or a sheet lined with parchment paper). Roll out second half of dough and arrange on baking sheet. Sprinkle cookies with granulated sugar.
Bake in the center of hot oven for 7-8 minutes, or until firm and just beginning to brown around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Store in a tightly covered container.
~Makes about 30 cookies.
HAPPY NEW YEAR my lovely friends! I must mention again how these go so well with tea, or as an afternoon pick-me-up.