Why is it that we eat more during the holidays than we do the rest of the year? It’s as if we all get into this baking frenzy and try to outdo each other with our fabulous recipes and decorating the house. We run around like crazy people buying gifts, putting up a tree, seeing little Timmy’s Christmas play, decorating our homes and baking. We may not bake the rest of the year, but by golly at Christmas, the recipes come out and we’re in the kitchen.
Okay, I confess…I don’t cook that much. I wish I did, but even though I’m a full-time writer working from home, I don’t spend much time in the kitchen. My husband does most of the cooking and he’s not all that bad. I’ll run downstairs and throw some stuff in the crock pot and say whew that’s dinner. It’s a lucky night when he comes home and dinner is fixed.
But at Christmas it’s like some spell comes over me and I want to bake cookies, pies, candy and try all these new recipes. Do I need to eat that much? No, I seriously am watching my weight and my sugar intake. I’m pre-diabetic with type II diabetes in my family. I know the risks. But I WANT COOKIES. It’s like the cookie monster takes over my body and I think peanut butter, oatmeal, ginger snaps and oh…those delicious ones with the Hershey’s kiss stuck in the middle of them. GIVE ME COOKIES!
So today, the beginning of the holiday season, I thought I would inspire you to bake something sweet and you too can be a minion of the cookie monster. This recipe is unique from one of my newsletter followers, Carla Carlson. Her family is famous for making this and handing out to family and friends. Hope you try it.
BONE OF THE DEAD
4 cups Flour
2 ¼ cup Sugar
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 teaspoon Cloves
Mix with HOT water, knead dough (add sparingly), leave in bowl
Take pieces of dough and roll out into long tubes, cut approximate 1 1/2 long pieces makes three indentations into cookie /\/ (helps with cooking process, brings up the flavor, and is an old tradition)
Place apart on greased baking pan (or use parchment paper) two finger lengths. 350* until firm (which will range depending on how much water was needed for the dough 8-10-15 minutes)
Tell me what is your favorite cookie or holiday recipe? Do you eat too much during the holidays?
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