National Cookie Day is Dec. 4. Celebrate with salted maple thumbprint cookies.
In Praise Of Leftovers
I buy one or two cookbooks a year. Of course, I spend hours coveting them and poring over the cookbook tables at Elliot Bay. But, in the end, I’m very careful about what I bring home to our 750 square foot house, getting most recipes online or tweaking what I already have. I love what Christopher Kimball says – that most of us absolutely do not need more recipes. We just need to keep practicing what we know and slowly get better and more experimental. Sorry, folks. There’s no shortcut.
BUT (you knew this was coming, right?), I just bought a new cookbook that makes me want to storm into the kitchen. It’s Melissa Clark’s In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite. Almost everything in it can be made in under an hour, and is so bursting with flavor that you’ll be wiping the drool off the pages. And wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
The annual Christmas baking day with my mom and sister is coming up, so the first thing I tried was these cookies. OMG. They don’t look like showstoppers, but watch out. I gave them away to several people, and some reluctantly took one off the plate, like, “Well, I guess. There’s no chocolate involved, but I’m bored and slightly hungry.” Then their eyes would widen and I could have the self-satisfied moment I was waiting for.
Am I posting about Christmas cookies already? I guess I am. Em sent me this Christmas pledge, which I posted on my bulletin board:
Here we go. Bring it on, Season of Light.
Salted Maple Thumbprint Cookies
Melissa doesn’t instruct you to chill the dough, but I recommend it. It’s quite soft and you might have trouble with the cookies spreading if you don’t.