Sour Cream Spice Cookies

Today I made Sour Cream Spice Cookies!

1C butter, 3/4C sugar, 1 egg yolk, 1t vanilla, 1 1/4C sour cream, 2 3/4C flour, 1/2t salt, 1/4t baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, allspice and/or ground cloves

I used fat-free sour cream.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Sour Cr Sp Cookies

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolk. Beat in sour cream. Stir in vanilla.
Sift dry ingredients, except for spices. Blend into wet. Divide batter pursuant to spice preferences– adding 1/4t to 1t of desired spice per fraction of batter.
Turn each fraction of batter into a separate pastry bag. Using the rose tip, push through pastry bag onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on bottoms.

Sour Cr Sp Cookies

Black Cake

Today we made Black Cake!

This recipe is from the book, “The Yankee Cook Book” by Imogene Wolcott, published in 1963.

We made half the recipe.

4C flour, 4t baking powder, 1t baking soda, 1/2t salt, 1t cream of tartar, 1t cloves, 1t nutmeg, 1C raisins, chopped, 1C butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/2C molasses, 1C milk, 3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F.

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Sift dry ingredients. Mix in 1/2C raisins.

raisins

Cream butter. Add sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add eggs. Blend well.

yolks

Add dry ingredients alternately with molasses and milk, beginning and ending with dry, beating until smooth after each addition.

molasses

stir

dry

milk

Beat in remaining raisins. Turn into 2 greased square pans.

pan

Bake 45 minutes.

cake

Anise Seed Cookies

Today we made Anise Seed Cookies!

This recipe is from the book, “Maida Heatter’s Best Dessert Book Ever” published in 1990.

8oz butter, 2C plus 2T sugar, 1/4t salt, 2C flour, 1t baking soda, 2 eggs, 1/2t baking powder, 1/2t anise seeds, 1/2C bourbon
Topping: 3T sugar, 1/2t cinnamon, 1/2t ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375F. Line three cookie sheets with foil. Beat butter. Add sugar. Crush 1/2t anise seeds until coarse. Add seeds to butter mixture. Sift dry ingredients. Add alternately with bourbon, beginning and ending with dry. Beat well. Drop by tsps onto prepared cookie sheets 1 1/2″ apart. Flatten cookies with fork dipped in flour. Mix topping ingredients. Sprinkle topping on cookies. Bake 18 minutes or until outer rims are browned.

Carrot Pie

Today we made Carrot Pie!

This recipe is from John Anderson.

2 1/2C sliced carrots, cooked and mashed, 1 1/2C milk, 1/2C caster sugar (aka superfine sugar; not powdered sugar), 1 large egg, 1t salt, 1/2t ground ginger, 1/2t cinnamon, 1/2t nutmeg, one 9″ shortcrust pastry shell (not a graham cracker crust)

Preheat oven to 450F. Beat all ingredients until smooth. Pour into pastry shell. Bake 20-30 minutes or until firm.

Blueberry Jam Cake

Today we made Blueberry Jam Cake!

This recipe is from John Anderson. But we added fresh blueberries instead of raisins, and we omitted the nuts.

3/4C unsalted butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 4 eggs, beaten, 3C flour, divided, 1t soda, 1t allspice, 3t cinnamon, 1C buttermilk, 1C blueberry jam, 1/4C orange juice, 1C fresh blueberries, well drained

Preheat oven to 350F.

Blueberry Jam Cake

Butter and lightly flour a tube pan. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Blueberry Jam Cake

Blueberry Jam Cake

Add beaten eggs gradually. Blend well.

Blueberry Jam Cake

Blueberry Jam Cake

Blueberry Jam Cake

Sift flour. Coat blueberries with 1/4C sifted flour.

Blueberry Jam Cake

Sift remaining flour again with other dry ingredients. Sift into creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Stir in jam and orange juice.

Blueberry Jam Cake

Blueberry Jam Cake

Blueberry Jam Cake

Fold in blueberries mixture.

Blueberry Jam Cake

Blueberry Jam Cake

Blueberry Jam Cake

Blueberry Jam Cake

Turn into prepared tube pan.

Blueberry Jam Cake

Blueberry Jam Cake

Blueberry Jam Cake

Bake 1 1/2 hours or until toothpick comes out clean.

Blueberry Jam Cake

Lemon Ginger Cookies

BONUS RECIPE

Today I made Lemon Ginger Cookies!

3C flour, 3/4t baking powder, 1/4t salt, 1C unsalted butter, 1C sugar, juice of 1/2 lemon, zest of 1 lemon, 1 egg, beaten, 1 1/2t ginger, 1/2t cinnamon, 1t vanilla, 1/4C brown sugar

Cream butter with 1C sugar. Add beaten egg. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients. Form a dough. Stir together 1/4C brown sugar, spices, lemon juice, zest and vanilla.

Lemon Ginger Cookies

Lemon Ginger Cookies

Lemon Ginger Cookies

Work this mixture into the dough. Chill 5 minutes. Roll dough into a log and chill at least two hours.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Lemon Ginger Cookies

Slice into 1/4″ thick rounds and place on greased cookie sheets or food-grade silicone-reinforced glass-weave mat. Bake 12-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned on the bottom. Cool on sheets five minutes, then remove to racks to cool.

Lemon Ginger Cookies

Gingerbread

Today I made Gingerbread!

2oz corn syrup, 8oz golden syrup, 1/2C butter, 2C flour, 1/2t salt, 1 1/2t baking soda, 2t ground ginger, 1/4t cinnamon, 1/4t nutmeg, 1/4t ground cloves, 1 egg, 1C milk, 1/4C brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Stir butter and syrups over medium heat until butter is melted. Mix dry ingredients. Add syrup. Blend well. Add egg and milk. Blend well. Pour into greased 9″ square baking dish. Bake 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from baking dish. Cool. Cut. Serve warm or room temperature.