Friday, December 18, 2009
My Dog Is a Bad Boy
This blog post was supposed to be all about my favorite Christmas treat: the Moravian White Christmas Cookie. I was going to tell you about how my mom always baked dozens of them when I was growing up,filling our house and my childhood Christmas memories with the scent of nutmeg. I was going to explain that to decorate them is really gilding the lily, that they're perfect in their naked state, maybe a little brown around the edges for a husband who likes everything slightly burned.
I was going to say all that. And include photos.
So I put three cookies on a plate, shoved all the wrapping paper to the other end of the dining room table, and pulled the camera up to my face.
The first photo I took was terrible.
I'm going to show it to you just for evidence, but shield your eyes from the glare, okay?
See what I mean? Sorry. For some reason I always do that with the first pic with a flash. I should really care more about learning how to use that camera.
But that's not why I'm showing you the photo. Notice that there are three cookies on that plate, right? Three.
A teddy bear, a slightly off kilter Christmas tree, and an angel.
But in the first photo there are two. WHAT HAPPENED?
I'll show you what happened.
I got ready to take my second pic, and...see for yourself.
Honest! That wasn't posed. At the exact moment I took the photo, Tanner the Slobber Dog attacked my plate of cookies!
Bad, bad dog.
(But on a different subject, what a good photo that is. Just look at his doggy eyelashes.)
Back to the scolding. Bad dog.
Here's pic #3.
How's that for a naughty boy? He doesn't even have the decency to run under the table or look the least bit sorry.
In fact, he gave the edge of the table a lick, just in case he missed a few crumbs.
It's a good thing we love you so much.
Now go back to your daily routine. I'm putting the cookies out of your reach.
Have a great Friday, y'all, and a super weekend!
And if you've got time to bake, here's a cookie that just might become a tradition at your house.
Moravian White Cookies (as opposed to the brown ones they serve at Old Salem in Winston Salem, NC)
3cups sifted all purpose flour
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cups butter, soft
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, cream the butter with the sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Slowly incorporate all the dry ingredients.
Refrigerate the dough overnight or several hours. When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 F. Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick and cut into shapes with floured cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake about 8 minutes or just until light brown around the edges. (Or browner, if you're married to Todd Ramsey.)
Makes about 5 dozen.