Tuesday, December 14, 2010
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire….jack frost nipping at your nose.”
No there is none of that here. I will confess to you our AC was running over the weekend. Please don’t throw rocks.
I have always lived in warm climate, actually I used to live in curl your hair sweating in 5 seconds want to die and love bug infested rain everyday buckets at 4pm on your drive home want to kill yourself weather aka Florida. I will never move back there.
Moving on and over to the West Coast was good for me, and my hair…not for the wallet however….speaking of wallets, do not keep these cookies in your wallet.
Yes that was my segway for the cookies thank you ma'am.
Delightfully borrowed from the Smitten Kitchen MEOW
1 pound chestnuts, pre-cooked is great…and what I used
1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon + additional for coating
A few gratings of fresh nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
Chop those chestnuts as fine as you can (or use a food processor of which I am not the fortunate owner of).
Next use an electric mixer (or your hand like me…again) to whip the butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Add the vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, flour and chestnuts and beat until well blended. Divide dough in half and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Once chilled, preheat the oven to 350°F. Whisk remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and a few pinches of cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside. Working with one half of the chilled dough at a time, roll it into 2 teaspoon-sized balls in the palm of your hand. Place on baking sheet, and cook in oven for 14-17 minutes.
Cool cookies 5 minutes on baking sheet. Gently coat warm cookies in cinnamon sugar to cover completely. Transfer to a rack for cooling. Rinse & Repeat. Before serving dust with a wee bit more powdered sugar.
Now set them in front of your window to taunt the birds…bwahahahaha….especially I would like to taunt the giant killer crows because they are big old mofo’s and are way to yappity on Sunday mornings. Shut your feathered egg hole bird!
Also this cat approves of bird taunting.
PS..I have a parakeet so please don’t think I am a bird hater.