Did you see what I did there?
Anyhow, it’s Christmas Ever here in Oz. The TV new is full of stories about the folks in Sydney lined up to buy seventy-five squillon tons of seafood to serve for their Christmas lunch. The 36 hours of last minute Christmas shopping and how my local giant mall has been packed since 6pm yesterday evening, with a slight lull between 2 and 4am this morning. The traffic near the tiny shopping centre near me is a massive snarl. It’s all a hustle and a bustle and a harried frenzy of Oh-my-God-we-forgot-
What we all need to do to combat this utter madness is simple. There’s still time to be nice, not naughty. It involves having a cup o’ joe and eating one — or many — of the cookies you baked in these last 44 days. Don’t worry. If you haven’t baked a thing, there’s still time.
There’s still One. More. Cookie.
This cookie makes everything right. Although… the Dutch waged a very bloody war over the spice in this cookie. They massacred and enslaved the inhabitants of the island of Banda, just to control this spice’s production in the East Indies — what is now Indonesia. If ONLY they’d stopped killing for spice and all just sat down an had a nice cup o’ Java (see where THAT name for coffee & bean came from?), some of these delicious cookies, and talked about trading instead of being hellbent on world nutmeg domination. Coffee, as you know by now, fixes everything.
Right. Anyhow, here we are at the last cookie. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.
Oven to 375F/180C
- 1 cup butter ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp allspice
- ¾ tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup sugar 2 cups flour, sifted
- 1/4 cup sour cream nutmeg for sprinkling tops
Cream butter with baking soda, salt, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon until fluffy. Gradually add in sugar; beat until fluffy. Add flour alternately with sour cream. Mix well. Shape into a 12 x 2 inch roll. Wrap in waxed paper and chill 2 hours.
Bake 8 – 10 minutes.
Serve with a Medium Roasted Java. Naturally.
These last 44 days have been fun. A lot of FUN and coffee. Thank you for joining me. I wish you all a very happy Christmas and super massive huge mega joyful New Year filled with Coffee and cookies!