I sure have not accomplished much in the sewing department this week have I? Nope not much other than progress each evening on The Postage Stamp quilt. I rolled it down and I will be starting on the second half of the 4th row of blocks. And what I show here in this photo is of the 4th and 5th row of blocks – the 5th row when finished will be the half way point.
Part of the next hexagon flower is done for the Handful of Scraps quilt – I have a feeling I will be moving along better on this quilt in the coming weeks. It will be entering into its second year of work so time to move it along.
The last of the cookies made – Speculaas – a holiday tradition cookie from Holland, Belgium, Northern Germany and Scandinavia. I came across the recipe a couple years ago when I got some wooden cookie molds and the booklet that came with it had the recipe. I wanted to try them out and they became a favorite of mine – not too sweet – spicy and full of flavor – very good with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
3/4 cup softened butter
2 cups brown sugar – not packed in cup
1 cup ground almonds (not finely ground like almond flour – just ground nuts)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon each – salt, cloves, ginger, cardamom (omit if you can’t find it) and mace.
2 teaspoons cocoa
grated rind of one lemon – I used 1 teaspoon grated from a spice jar
3 cups flour
4-6 tablespoons milk
you can brush the cookies with a little milk before baking and place shaved almonds under the cookies if you wish.
Cream butter and brown sugar together, add egg, almonds then the salt and spices – finally work in the flour. Refrigerate the dough for several hours or over night.
Roll and print and cut out as many cookies as you can using the wooden molds – or cut with a cookie cutter if you do not have the molds. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes – yields 30 to 90 cookies depending on size – I got the amount shown in the photo above.
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