We had snow forecast for today, but only about five flakes had fallen during the afternoon. Shucks.
It's now 11:46 and I see from my front window that the ground is white, the Christmas lights on the homes are shining through a haze of snowflakes, and it's still falling. We went to two Christmas parties this evening and since we came home, our tracks in the cul-de-sac have been covered with fresh snow. It's beautiful … I don't know if there's anything else in nature that I find more beautiful than snow. Truly. I love it. I even love shoveling it – great workout!
I've spent the day baking since I attended a Cookie Exchange tonight. You'd think that with all the baking I've been doing that I would have enough cookies! I DO have enough cookies, but they should all be the same variety and I have to supply a recipe card as well. I have had several mice (in the form of humans!) devouring my cookies so I attempted a new recipe! I made Cream Cheese Walnut Cookies to share…
and here's the card I made:
You get a Baker's Dozen today since I also made my Terrassen. As I was working, it seemed to me that I had posted the recipe here before. I went researching and found that indeed I HAD! It was last February because I also make them for Valentine's. Some people have seen the photos and referred to them as Linzer Cookies (I think those are Swedish … THESE cookies are NOT Linzers … these are Terrassen. That is pronounced Teh-rah-ssen.) And I'm pretty sure these are German since I got the recipe from my mother-in-law who is German and whose family still runs a bakery in Germany.
I don't have an exact recipe since I wrote down approximations of measurements when my mother-in-law was showing me how to make them, but it goes 'something' like this (I'm sure the bakery has exact measurements and are much better cookies than what I'm offering …. !):
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 t. baking powder
- A scant ½ cup of sugar
- 1 egg
- Vanilla extract
- 1 stick and 2 T. of butter
Mix it all together till it forms a dough. Then roll it out bits at a time on a well-floured board and cut your cookies. My mother-in-law always makes round ones, but even though I remind myself every year to buy round cookie cutters, I still just use the heart shaped ones! For every solid shape you bake, bake one with the center cut out because these are essentially sandwich-cookies with a window.
Let them bake about 8 minutes at 350˚. They shouldn't be brown at all. Then dust the sides with the cut-outs with powdered sugar.
Currant jelly is the common jelly used in these cookies, but I always use red raspberry! Warm about a half cup of it in the microwave for about 30 seconds, then carefully spoon it on the base cookie. My mother-in-law brushes it, but I like more jelly than that and I don't have the patience for the brush!
Carefully transfer the sugared-cut-out tops to the jellied bottoms and enjoy the design left on the waxed paper under your cooling racks.
Serve them up on Oma's china or just dive into them right off the cooling rack!
It really doesn't get much better than all that unless you realize that there are only …
…10 Days till my brother and his family come!