I'm going to be an aunt (again) today! Big prayer sendoff to my brother, Ed, my sister-in-law Adaire, and baby Edwina on the way. They don't know if their having a boy or girl, but I had a dream last night. My dreams have been pretty prophetic at times. We shall see...
This made me chuckle. Actually, I have great friends and no political rants, but yes, I made pancakes this week, and more importantly I made Maple Leaf Butter Cookies.
Maple Leaf Butter Cookies are delicious morsels of butter and sugar and real maple syrup that melt in your mouth. They are the essence of autumnal seasonal change in a baked item. The Chef's cousin put this recipe in our family cookbook and I will now bless you with it.
Maple Leaf Butter Cookies
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup real maple syrup, not pancake syrup
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1. With electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in maple syrup and egg yolk until combined well. Sift together salt and flour over mixture and fold in thoroughly. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, about 2 hours, or up to four days. I don't know what happens to your chilled dough on the fifth day. Mine never lasts that long.
2. Preheat oven to 350.
3. Divide dough in half. Keeping one half chilled, lightly flour other half and on a lightly floured surface gently pound with a rolling pin to soften. Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness and with floured leaf and/or acorn shaped cookie cutters, cut out cookies chilling (or eating) scraps. Arrange cookies on buttered baking sheets and if desired, with back of knife, mark cookies decoratively. I never do that. Takes too long and I'm hungry. Make more cookies in same manner with remaining dough and with all the scraps pressed together.
4. Bake cookies in batches in middle of oven until edges are golden, about 12 minutes, and transfer to racks to cool.
Cookies keep in airtight containers for one week. Again, I wouldn't know. They disappear awfully fast around here.
You can additionally flavor the syrup with 3 drops of maple extract, or to taste.
Makes about 40 3-inch cookies.
You kind of really need the leaf cookie cutters for that recipe. These are the ones I have. I think I got them at Hobby Lobby. (Shout out to Hobby Lobby for joining my dad in suing the govt. about the HHS mandate.)
Remember my foaming soap idea? I was going to make my refills using the liquid handsoap. Well, I've been using Bath and Bodyworks soaps because I got hung up on matching the scents of the soaps to the labels on the bottle.
WARNING: Bath and Bodyworks liquid soaps have these tiny blue granules in them that will clog and ruin your foaming soap dispenser. I know from experience. Now, I'm going to try their shower gels to make my refills so my scents are still matchy/matchy. I'm not a fan of anti-bacterial, so shower gels are perfect.
I'm super bummed that B and B is not carrying the Leaves scent in soaps this year. So I ordered the giant candle instead.
|This is the pretty modest size. I ordered the three wick. Smells sooo good.|
We did see The Trouble with the Curve last week. It was...nice. Definitely a rental and not worth the $21 it cost to see a last show surrounded by drunk people talking, laughing, and texting.
Note to self: Late shows are filled with drunk people.
I will be certain not to make that mistake when I go see The Hobbit on December 14th, or Les Miserables on or soon after December 25th.
Well, Baby J is having Cheetos for breakfast, so I must be moving on, fighting crime and filth in my personal Metropolis. Happy Fall Y'all!
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