There’s No Made Like Home for the Holidays (A three part Christmas Special)
Part one-Get it Together!
So there are these unethical food manufacturers out there trying to convince people that refrigerated or frozen logs, blocks, and tubes of raw cookie matter become magically “homemade” just because you apply heat to them with your own oven. They want you to believe you don’t have time to make actual homemade cookies. They are lying. YOU HAVE TIME FOR TRULY HOME MADE COOKIES!
I will strengthen this theory with the best evidence I can conjure- I will show you how to make the most complicated and challenging cookie I know of: the Moravian spice cookie. It takes several days and much determination to concoct these confections. I will show you every step of how it is done. You have time for this. Here is the recipe:
Moravian Spice Cookies
½ cup butter
1 cup molasses
½ cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups all-purpose flour
Yes, the recipe is correct- you will stick more than four and a half cups of dry ingredients together with a mere half cup of fat and a single cup of highly viscous liquid. You can do it. I have faith in you. Here’s how it’s done:
Prelude: On December 20, 2014 I took a stick of butter out of the refrigerator at 6:30am, before leaving for a 6-hour shift at my Big Girl Job (a.k.a. research assistant at UMASS Medical School). I got home, changed clothes, ate lunch, and started making soy wax candles (a.k.a. Christmas gifts) with Mr. Food It Yourself.
While waiting for the wax to reach the perfect temperature I completed the first movement: making the dough.