I have been to three specialty food stores in the last 24 hours and have had to wait an average of 30 minutes at each for some food. I just want one item. Other people are buying enough food to last the winter. Damn, son. I do like that all these stores still use the “take a number” method though.
Sometimes I let Hank chase squirrels cause he likes to. Sometimes I catch the squirrels staring at me after Hank has failed to catch them and they are halfway up a tree scared shitless. In my mind, I think they are memorizing my face so they can plot my death, either by assault with nuts or by scratching.
Every year I make cookies for my dear friends. I always make Chocolate Molasses Spice cookies and Jam Thumbprints. This year I am also making Buckeyes and Almond Cranberry Cookies.
First up are the Chocolate Molasses Spice Cookies. I got this recipe from my ex boyfriend’s mom. She made the best sweets. Ever since I got the recipe, probably 8 years ago, I have been making these every christmas. You basically mix all items, except for the granulated sugar. Form the dough in to balls and roll in the sugar. Flatten a little on the baking sheet. Bake at 325 for 13-15 minutes.
These are the items you will need.
1 1/2 c + 1T flour
1 1/4t ginger
1/4t each of cloves and nutmeg
1/2c brown sugar
1T cocoa powder
stick of butter, room temp
1t baking soda dissolved in 1 1/2t boiling water
2c semi sweet chocolate chips
some granulated sugar for rolling
These are the items you will need for the Hazelnut Thumbprints. The recipe is here. Martha suggests using strawberry jam. I used Fig jam and they were delicious. I have also in the past used orange marmalade and raspberry jam. Go with what you like.
These are the items you need to made the Cranberry Almond Cookies. The recipe is here. As you can see, they are supposed to have pecans not almonds, but guess what? Pecans are expensive and I already had almonds. I bet you could switch up the fruit too (candied orange peel?).
Lastly, this is all you need to make Buckeyes. You can use this recipe. Mine do not look as pretty as this chicks, but seriously, I have very little patience and attention span of a 3 year old. They still taste good so who gives a fuck? Anyway, here are the finished products:
You know, the movie where Meryl Streep has the sick mullet? The man is super sexy. Look at that bod and those dimples. He’s also pretty hot in The Thing and Tombstone. Good news, ladies. Even though he and Goldie have been together since I was born basically, they have never married, so he’s available! Watch Deathproof and Escape from New York…and Big Trouble in Little China.