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Spice Cookies and Happy Thanksgiving

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Spice Cookies and Happy Thanksgiving



I’m sure you have all of your Thanksgiving desserts under control.  If so, put this one on your list for your Christmas cookie power baking day. Because I’m sure you have that day, right? The one where you try to make every cookie in your repertoire, just because you can.  And you must.

Maybe skip the sugar cookie cutouts this year for something a little more interesting.  Not to mention, if you’re not exactly the Martha Stewart of cookie decorating, these are much more forgiving.

Spice cookies are the warm hug of cookies.  These ones are particularly lovely with the addition of honey for that extra depth of something-something.

Take a little nibble nibble of a spice cookie, a sip of latte, repeat.  Do it. It’s a mini holiday.

Many folks’ Christmas trees are already up, and holiday lights seem to start twinkling soon after Halloween.  What about the less glitzy, (slightly) less commercial Thanksgiving?  Though it seems Thanksgiving doesn’t get all the credit it deserves, it is one of my personal favorite holidays.

The plethora of exceptional food is, of course, one reason I love it.  More importantly, each year it never fails that I am reminded to quit worrying about little things and to focus on positivity and how truly lucky I am.  It may seem cliche to talk about what you are thankful for on this day, but I’m going to do it anyway.

I’m truly thankful for my incredible husband, family, pets and caring friends.  I’m thankful for my health and that I have a job and a roof over my head.  And I want to thank each and every person who reads this blog and inspires me to keep on with it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Spice Cookies
From Williams-Sonoma Cooking at Home

1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey
1 egg
crystal sprinkles or granulated sugar for dusting

In a food processor, pulse the walnuts to grind finely (but not into a paste).  Add 1/4 cup of the flour and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar and pulse to grind into a powder.

In a bowl, sift together the remaining 1 3/4 cups flour, the spices and baking soda.  Set aside.

In a large bowl or in a stand mixer, beat together the butter, vanilla and the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar until light and fluffy, about five minutes. Beat in the honey and egg.  On low speed, slowly add the flour-spice mixture and the nut mixture and beat until just incorporated.

Gather the dough into a ball, then divide in half.  Flatten each half into a disk and wrap each disk separately in plastic wrap.  refrigerate for at least one hour or up to overnight.

Preheat the over to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Flour 1 disk and place between 2 sheets of waxed paper.  Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch.  Using whatever shaped cookie cutters you would like, cut into as many cookies as possible.  Gather and re-roll out the dough scraps and cut more cookies.  Transfer the cutouts to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 1/2 inch apart.  Sprinkle with the crystal sprinkles or sugar.

Bake until lightly golden, 8-10 minutes (depending on the size of your cookies).  Transfer to wire racks and cool completely.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Makes about 36 cookies.

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