Since Christmas is only 2 weeks away, I want to make as many holiday cookies as possible. This time I chose Spice Stars.
More nonpareils! This would be my first cookie with a cutter. Scary.
I’m so popular! Jordan drove down from Portland JUST to bake with me! Okay, I’m flattering myself. She was already in town.
I know what you’re thinking. “Dark corn syrup?! Are you nuts?!” Ask Martha.
*For my new readers: I learned a great tip a while ago. Spray the measuring cup with cooking spray and the corn syrup/molasses/honey will come right out.
This was really scary. Thank goodness Jordan knew that you can easily burn sugar. We decided to wait to add it until the butter was melted.
Look at her workin’ it.
Vom.com/ButterSlop. I was beginning to have second thoughts about eating anything that looked like this.
Then we added the sugar. This is a sugarfall:
One of the ingredients I forgot to photograph for step 1 is freshly ground pepper. It hurts my nose.
Another damn “mix this by hand and ignore your Kitchenaid” recipe! I became fatigued. Jordan took over.
Look at that smile on her face! She clearly has more arm strength than me. Not phased by the dough. Show off.
Step 7: Chill for 2 hours. Go to TJMaxx, Macy’s, eat lunch.
I’m watching the video on the Martha Stewart Makes Cookies app. Feeling around to ensure equal thickness.
Um…I thought I read 1/4-inch thickness, not 1/8-inch.
You may notice some of my pictures today are blurry. Jordan took those. She doesn’t know any better because she’s still using an iPhone 3GS and all her pictures just look like that. Get with it, Jord.
Those look good!
Stuck. Not enough flour.
That board’s a hot mess.
This was ridiculous. They rolled right off. Whatever.
These were really puffy (since I obviously can’t read directions and made them twice as thick). We decided to roll the rest of them thinner.
The recipe yields 5 dozen. After prepping my 6th dozen, I still had all this extra dough! Maybe the recipe doesn’t plan to reuse the dough scraps.
Pretty nice, right?
The first bite tasted bland. All following bites had good spice. I can’t explain it.
[Martha’s recipe isn’t on her site. I’ll post it here later.]
Start time: 12:15
End time: 4:10 (3 hours, 55 minutes)
Martha’s estimated time: 2 hours, 43 minutes
I got: 72
What did I learn?
- Read the recipe carefully.
- I need a larger cutting board for rolling out dough.
- Make sure there is enough flour on the board.
What do I need to learn?
- Why is that first bite bland?
- Why did I end up with so much extra dough?
Baby, it’s cold outside. Look out the window at that storm. Sit down and eat 72 cookies. kthxbye.