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What more can you say than
nirvana? The chilled dough is especially good, so much so that it
has been known to disappear entirely without a single cookie being
baked. They're called Grandma Cookies because we used to bake
them to take to Grandma (my sister tells the whole story here). They were based on a recipe for icebox
cookies from the Betty Crocker Cookbook circa 1956.
Oven 400 degrees F
Time 6-8 minutes
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
375 g soft wheat
75 g rice
1/3 nutmeg pod, crushed
3 cups unbleached flour or whole wheat pastry flour
3 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
Cream butter and sugars until light and
fluffy. Beat in the eggs and mix till smooth.
Whisk all the dry ingredients together, then stir into wet; add
the walnuts with the last of the dry, and stir just until mixed.
Shape into 2" diameter logs and chill in the freezer 1-2 hours, until
firm enough to slice thinly and cleanly.
Slice 1/8" thick and place on sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes, until
just turning golden at the edges.
Makes 7 dozen cookies @ 45 calories:
53 % fat
4 % protein
Some other interesting variations:
Cinnamon-Pecan Icebox Cookies--substitute cinnamon for
nutmeg and pecans for walnuts.
Ginger-Almond Icebox Cookies--substitute ginger for nutmeg
and almonds for the walnuts.
Super Gingery-Almond Icebox Cookies--a particularly nice spicy version
use 1 cup of brown sugar, no white sugar
drop the flour to 2 1/3 cups unbleached or whole wheat pastry flour, or use
250 grams soft wheat
75 grams rice
and add 250 grams of ground almonds (dry grated/ground, not almond butter) with the dry ingredients
And spice with the following:
1/4 teaspoon mahleb seeds ground in with the wheat, or add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
6 cloves or 1/4 teaspoon clove powder
1 inch cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
6 teaspoons powdered ginger (2 tablespoons)
And use 1/2 cup toasted coarsely chopped almonds in addition to the ground almonds
Hot Gingersnap Icebox Cookies--flavored like gingersnaps but with a bit more zing than usual
omit white sugar
decrease brown sugar to 3/4 cup
add 1/4 cup molasses
Mill wheat and rice with
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp cardomom seeds
6 long peppers
or add 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
and stir in 2 teaspoons ginger with the soda and salt
Use 1 cup chopped toasted almonds
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