Well, I'm more than ten days in now, and so far the posting every day thing is going pretty well. I'm not entirely happy with all the posts, but none are really bad. And I feel like I'm making progress toward my goal of just getting the words out. Today's post is a bit more extensive than the past few, since I had the time to take some better pictures. I'm playing around with different spots in my house to find some good lighting, and this spot was pretty successful.
As you may be able to tell, today's featured ingredients are nutmeg and rum. One of my favorite blogs is the one written by the folks at King Arthur Flour. The posts are always entertaining and informative, even if the recipe isn't something that I plan to make. But sometimes I read a post, like this one last Monday, and know I have to make the recipe as soon as possible. Nutmeg Bites sounded fabulous, especially once I got to the part about the rum icing.
The great thing about these cookies is that they're really easy to make. No particular mixing order--you pretty much just dump everything in the mixer. It's a straightforward ingredient list, with flour, sugar, butter, egg, salt, vanilla, and a full teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg. Once the dough comes together, you stick it in the fridge for an hour to firm up. I actually left mine longer than that without any problems. I used my #70 disher to scoop the cookies. My bake time was a little longer than the 8-10 minutes stated in the recipe; I let them go until they were clearly starting to brown on the bottoms. While the cookies cooled, I mixed up the icing, which consisted of powdered sugar, a little butter, and some dark rum.
The verdict? Mmm, these are wonderful. I love cookies like these--almost like shortbread, but easier. The rum in the frosting was very strong right after I mixed it up, but mellowed a bit after a day or two. In fact, I think that overall, the cookies were better after a day or two. Nutmeg has become a favorite spice of mine, and I enjoyed the fact that there aren't any other spices in these cookies to distract from the nutmeg flavor.
If you'd like to give these a try for yourself, you can find the recipe here at King Arthur Flour. I will definitely be making these again, and probably putting some in my holiday gifts.