Earlier this week I was babbling incessantly to Brette about how much I love living in Minnesota. I love my community, I love the people, I love the local food scene and many times, I love the weather.
On Friday, I cursed Minnesota. We had major words. I may have been crying in the REI parking lot. I may have scared small children.
All of this was because of an impending snow storm. This storm caused something that has never happened.
It canceled Cookie Day.
To say I was bummed, is a massive understatement. I was in desperate need for a family fix and a day at the folks’ along with my sistas was highly anticipated. But, things were out of my control. This storm was being billed as the biggest one since the 1991 Halloween Blizzard and being snowed in at my parents (90 minutes south of here) indefinitely was not a real option. Plus, my dad really did not want us traveling at all. He’s a dad. He doesn’t like his girls in any danger no matter how well we think we can get out it. I love him for that.
So this all came to a head as I was sitting in the REI parking lot about to go pick up my sister Jackie. Calls were going back and forth between us four sisters and my parents and the writing was on the wall. Cookie Day was not going to happen. Apparently I had not cried in awhile, as I was a major puddle. I also yelled some not so nice words a few times in between the round robin phone tag.
Home I went, where I unloaded the car, corked a bottle of wine and started to devise a plan on how to get back at the meteorologists in the event that the “snownami” they claimed didn’t amount to much.
Thankfully (for them), the snow did hit and it hit hard. We have a foot so far and it’s blowing like the dickens and the temps are falling fast. most of the city is shut down and travel is NOT recommended.
The sisters agreed that we would all make our cookies and have somewhat of a virtual cookie day.
I wore my cute new santa t-shirt, threw on my santa hat, cranked the Christmas tunes and started the oven. The only tradition I did not keep was the champagne toast to start the day. I didn’t think the champagne would keep well and I knew better than to drink the whole bottle before baking. Although, it could have made quite the story.
I made three different cookies and I know you’re dying to know which ones since I was in quite a dilemma. I ended up making the classic Peanut Blossoms, the Lemon-Glazed Candied Ginger Cookies, and Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies. The later was a last minute swap when I realized I didn’t have all of the right ingredients for the Dark Chocolate-Espresso Cookies. Here’s how it all went down.
I make these every year. Everyone loves them and they are Brette’s favorite. You just cannot go wrong with the peanut butter and chocolate combination. I think this batch turned out great. We only had one casualty. They are slippery little buggers.
I used a combination of milk chocolate and dark chocolate stars. Using the dark chocolate makes them healthy. Seriously. I will do anything to justify cookie eating. :)
The Lemon-Glazed Ginger Cookies:
This was a new recipe from Martha Stewart. They were a snap to make though I have learned I’m not a great ‘glaze drizzler’. I’m nick-naming these my Jackson Pollock cookies.
(These were the nicest looking ones. It took awhile to find four that weren’t frightening.)
They are a tasty crispy cookie. I wish the ginger flavor was little more pronounced. It called for 1/2 cup of crystallized ginger, but maybe a little ground ginger would have helped. We’ll see how they go over the public first before I make any changes or make them again for that matter.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies:
I think these were my favorite today and they also came from Martha Stewart. I love me some chocolate and this has the addition of cinnamon and chipotle powder so the flavor is a lot more complex. They were super delicious with my peppermint tea this afternoon.
The only thing I might do differently when I make these again is add a little more chipotle powder. I may change my mind on that as I solicit feedback from various tasters, but I think a little more heat would make them pretty nifty.
So, I still made cookies today, but I missed my family a lot. Like crazy a lot.
I missed scenes like this….
The only thing I’m grateful for is that my cookies didn’t require decorating. Poor Jackie and Ann were stuck with double batches of gingerbread and sugar cookies. The decorating is the most laborius part. Good thing they are troopers…and have children.
Oh- and as for my sister Joan, who was making my favorite cookie (the date-filled)… her oven broke this morning! Talk about pouring salt in a wound. Sorry Joan! I hope the oven gets fixed soon…for the cookie’s sake.
Cookie Day 2010 has come to an end, but never really felt like it started.
Next year will be the 20th anniversary of Cookie Day. It is going to be epic. I might start the countdown…..right now.
In the meantime, would you rather have the recipe for the Lemon Glazed Ginger Cookies or the Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies or both? Let me know in the comments! Maybe you’ll even get lucky and some will be delivered to you. However, they might have to be delivered by mule.