At the last minute I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing this evening – – making Christmas cookies to share with co-workers tomorrow!!! As I made a quick tag (gotta love that Scallop Gift Tag Topper punch) it made me realize that many of you are probably doing the same thing this week. So tonight’s post isn’t really about Amy’s Inklings. It’s more about Amy’s Baking. 🙂
Growing up we had four types of cookies that we traditionally made for Christmas – Chow Mein Cookies (most people call them Haystacks), Mama Jessie’s Date and Coconut Cookies, Shortbread cookies and what I made this evening – Lace Cookies.
Lace Cookies are the bomb! With very few ingredients you get a wafer thin, delightfully buttery, sweet crisp. And if you hold one up to the light, they look like lace! So they’re pretty too! These just need a little planning as the dough needs to refrigerate overnight.
So what is your favorite holiday cookie?
And BTW – for those of you celebrating this evening and over the next several days – Happy Hanukkah!
1 cup old fashioned or quick cook oatmeal (not instant)
1 cup sugar
3 T flour
1 tsp salt
1 stick butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 beaten egg
Mix first four ingredients listed above. Add melted butter and mix. Add vanilla and egg and mix well. Refrigerate overnight, or mix in the morning and bake at night.
Preheat oven to 325. Line a cookie sheet with thin foil. Drop very small amounts on cookie sheet, 3 inches apart. They spread a lot while cooking. Bake for 11 – 12 minutes. The cookies should be turning light brown (Not quite as dark as they appear in my photo. I took the picture at night so it’s not the best). The longer they cook, the easier it is to release them from the foil.
After cooking, slip the foil off the cookie sheet to cool on the counter. Once cool, carefully peel back the foil from the cookie. It helps to run your finger gently under the cookie as you pull the cookie off the foil.
As my Aunt Freddie wrote on the recipe card, “Bake these when home alone, or they will disappear as fast as you can bake them.” That’s so true!