Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Holiday Blog Party!

It's party time! The lovely and talented Stephanie, aka the Happy Sorceress, has been so kind as to invite me to another party. This month's theme? A very grown up Holiday Party. That's right, this month we hire a sitter, polish our heels and dig deep into the back of the closet for the dry clean only apparel. Stephanie is a clever hostess and is always happy to have her guests bring some nibblies and refreshments for the party.
I am providing some late night goodies, for when the dancing slows down and Stephanie leads us in a round of carols. That lady can sing.
Big Soft Ginger Cookies - Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book.
These cookies are wonderfully soft and spicy. They have the flavour of gingerbread and the texture of the softest oatmeal cookie. An instant favourite and a distinctly adult cookie.

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons white sugar, or more as needed.

Preheat oven to 350.
1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves; set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in the 1 cup sugar. Add egg and molasses, beat well. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture.

3. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, using about 1 heaping tablespoons dough for each. Roll balls in the 2 tbsp sugar to coat. Place balls about 2 1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly brown and puffed. Do not over bake. Cool cookies on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

Mother's Little Holiday Helper

1/2 ounce Creme de Menthe
1 1/2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
2 shots espresso
whipping cream
crushed candy cane
whole candy cane

Combine Creme de Menthe, Baileys and hot espresso in tall coffee glass. Top with whipped cream, sprinkle with crushed candy cane and garnish with a whole candy cane as a stir stick.

This makes a strong coffee. If you would like a milder one, halve the recipe and add steamed milk.
The spicy cookies and strong coffee drink are enough to warm you up for the wintery walk home. Try not to wake the neighbours up with your singing.