I am of Dutch heritage and
thank them for more than
windmills and tulips!
The English word "cookie" is derived from the Dutch word "koekie" meaning little cake.
Dutch bakers used to test oven temperatures on small amounts of batter so that they wound not waste the entire cake mix if the temperature wasn't right. It wasn't long before they discovered that these tiny pieces of cooked batter were actually quite tasty.
By the 16th century, Christmas biscuits were popular across Europe. Not until the 17th century, when the Dutch brought them here, did we see the early examples of Christmas cookies in the United States. Gingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies.
I for one, am thrilled this practice carried on, as cookies are my favorite sweet treat!
|Cookie Monster busy baking his cookies!|
In 1976, Sesame Street included National Cookie Day on its calendar for the first time on November 26. The Cookie Monster also proclaimed his own National Cookie Day in the 1980 book The Sesame Street Dictionary.
There is a cookie out there for everyone, and here’s a perfect buttery cookie to add to your Christmas cookie repertoire!
I’ve made thumbprint cookies for many years, and was intrigued when I came across this recipe in the Chicago Tribune for Brown Butter Thumbprints.
I love that the usual thumbprints are kicked up a notch by using browned butter. Browning butter adds a new dimension to an already good kitchen staple. It’s an easy way to change-up a recipe. And the aroma as they’re baking, is magnificent.
Browned butter gives the cookie a nutty caramel flavor that is a perfect complement to blackberry jam. Choose the jam of your liking, we like blackberry, apricot or is fine also.
A little cardamom goes a long way; I added one-half teaspoon to the mix; however, if cardamom is new to you, go easy with it, and use a little less for a background note. It has a distinctive, spicy flavor, maybe a little citrusy, I think it’s great in baked goods and learned about baking with it many years ago from my Swedish MIL.
Allow for additional time when making these, as the butter will have to freeze for a short time. Then, later, the cookies will have to be refrigerated for a while before baking.
Give this one a go, bet you'll really like it!