Having a bag of cookies in one’s freezer is a great strategy when friends come to visit. Just pop them out, defrost, and assuage any hunger that comes from travel. After my slightly-manic-cookie-baking-spree, I found myself with not only one bag of cookies, but two.
With two of the loveliest of lovely friends who arrived to sleep on my couch and eat my cookies for a weekend, I explored Kingston. And, it seemed, that the only way I could distract the Conservative’s staunchest supporters from the NDP race that was happening that very same day, was through books.
I love books. I used to hide them under my desk and read in class in elementary school, hiding in the library at lunch in middle school, and declaring my love of turning pages in high school. I will never stop appreciating friends who feel the same way (or openly express their bookish Achilles heel, allowing me to use adoration for musty book smell to stop a running commentary on Mulcair’s grimace of a smile).
This zesty cookie is one for the recipe books, deserving to be buried in a never-ending stack in a used book store, and rediscovered again years later to become another’s favorite.With a slightly soft interior, accentuated by sweet cranberries, the zest makes what would normally be a ‘meh-thats-nice’ cookie, sing.
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cups dried cranberries
1 cup butter
1 cups sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbl grated orange peel
2 tsp vanilla
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cranberries. In another bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, egg, orange peel and vanilla. Mix the two mixtures together until thoroughly combined.
2. Lightly grease a baking sheet with butter. Spoon teaspoon amounts, lightly pressing them down, on to the sheet, spacing them 2-inches apart.
3. Bake the cookies for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool.
Pray. Eat. Enjoy exploring never-ending books, losing yourself in the attempt to conquer as many as possible.