I was so enjoying my sock knitting but they look like they may be too small? I'm not sure but when I measure it looks like I have about 11-13 stitches while Susan Anderson (whose pattern it is) says she usually has 7-8 stitches per inch for these. So do I go ahead and just see it they work or take the hint now and go up a needle size? I don't have size 2 dpns so I'll have to order them. Will I ever have socks? Good thing the warm weather is coming!
If you roll them into balls and bake on an un-greased cookie sheet they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside but if you roll them into balls and flatten with your fingers (you can see my imprint) they turn out crispy all the way through. I can live without the windmill.
Production Manager Mark Moynihan's Speculaas (St. Nicholas cookies)
By Sue Moynihan
This classic Dutch recipe is also known as St. Nicholas Cookies, or in northern Germany, Spekulatius. St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6th.
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add beaten egg and blend well. Sift the flour and all remaining dry ingredients together and beat into the butter mixture. Mixture will be stiff. Press dough into a special Speculaas mold or other cookie mold. Cut off excess dough -- wire or dental floss laid flat and drawn across the mold work best. Decorate the cookies with sliced almonds. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes until a light brown. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 36.
My Mom's Mom really loved Christmas. She wasn't satisfied celebrating only the 25th. She kicked off the season on Dec. 6, St. Nicholas Day, by baking this delicious, buttery spice cookie.
I continue this family tradition by baking them with my kids just as I was taught by my Mom and Gram, using the same 60-plus-year-old mold. The spicy scent of these cookies in the oven is one of our family's favorite harbingers of Christmas; each one is a yummy expression of love from my Gram through four generations to my family. And it's not the only one. St. Lucia Day comes on Dec. 13 and we'll bake Lucia cats, but that's another recipe with another story!
I am testing cookies for the holidays too and this is definitely a "keeper"!
Look what I found out in my yard leftover in a pot from last year
...bless it's little heart for blooming!
These are called Easter Marshmallow Babies by Doni Spiegle. I'm not sure if they're on my Easter board on Pinterest but I think so. I have a "secret" board too for presents for people who look at my boards (my daughter) so I can keep some things a surprise...lol! She doesn't crochet though so I think I'm okay on this one. They look just like the "peeps".
Her's are so perfect and I'm using the suggested hook and yarn type.....oh boy!
I would like to see some progress around here if it's not too much to ask? I am certainly putting in the hours but nothing much to show for it....everything in "limbo". Oh well, it could be worse...lots worse!
I hope all is well and good in your world this week. Happy Trails!
If anyone has any hints as to what I should do with my needlework dilemmas, please do tell! Thank you all.