Baked by Barbara of the Berwick Library - The community's living room. Join us for coffee & conversation, music and cookies! Dec 18th, 10 - 12 noon. Everyone is welcome.
I chose these cookies because they were simple to make yet had an old world hint to the name and also a hint of the orient. It makes me think of the Silk Road and the three wise men bringing cloves to the Mediterranean. From ChristmasTraditions: Cooking, Crafts, & Gifts.
Makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies
- 1 cup (250 ml) butter or margarine, softened
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon (2ml) vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) brandy extract
- 2 1/2 cups (625 ml) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) salt
- whole cloves
- powdered sugar
1. Heat oven to 350 F/180 C. In a large mixing bowl combine butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and brandy extract. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder, ground cloves and salt. Beat at low speed until soft dough forms.
2. Shape heaping teaspoon dough into crescent or S shapes. Place shapes 2" (5 cm) apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Press 2 whole cloves until into each shape.
3. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until set. Let cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheets. Sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar. Cool completely before storing. Remove whole cloves before eating.
Tip: flavour of cookies improves after a few days of storage.
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