Just because Thanksgiving Day has passed, doesn’t mean we can’t stretch it into the weekend, or farther! Especially when it comes to Sugar Cookies or Pumpkin Bread, both of which are featured in my latest entry of Our Cookie Journal.
“Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors” (Clarkson Potter, 2012) by Hedy Goldsmith is filled with recipes that will remind you of childhood flavors. But don’t be fooled: Goldsmith gives each one a sophisticated and indulgent adult edge. If you’re headed to a get-together this holiday weekend, take Overstuffed Nutters and wait for the rave reviews.
In my quest for all things cookie-related, I’ve learned so much about other people’s cultures. For instance, hamanstachen are triangular cookies filled with fruit marmalade or poppy seeds. They are made for the Jewish holiday of Purim, which observes the deliverance of Jewish people from the hands of Haman (the story is recorded in the book of Esther in the Bible). I have only seen the fruit-filled version, so I was delighted to discover these Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies that sound like they’d be perfect with a cup of tea any time of the year.
You don’t have to come from Down Under to appreciate the goodness of ANZAC Biscuits, but you might not be familiar with this Australian acronym or day of remembrance.
Let’s have just a bit of history before we get down to the business of these wholesome biscuits: ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) was a formation of soldiers who were grouped in Egypt before landing at Gallipoli in April 1915 during World War I. ANZAC also referred to any soldier who fought at Gallipoli; and later to any Australian or New Zealand soldier of the First World War.
ANZAC Biscuits are crunchy, coconut-oatmeal cookies created to give the troops a taste of home cooking and to fortify their limited diet with a nutritious snack that bolstered their spirits and energy. They now form a traditional, celebratory element of ANZAC Day — commemorated on April 25 in Australia, New Zealand, The Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Islands and Tonga — to honor all those who served and died in military operations for their country.
So bring a little of the Outback into your kitchen with a batch of these bikkies — they’re sure to be ace with your mob, particularly the ankle biters!