Today in NOTL: Cold, sunny. A high of just around freezing, 32F/0C.
Brrr. It sure will be nice to get that furnace fixed - I'm COLD!
Today's cookie is a yummy one: Anise. It's a meringue, so very light but oh so delicious. Here's the recipe:
Anise Meringue Cookies
3 Egg whites
1/8 t Cream of tartar
1/2 c Sugar
1 1/2 ts Ground anise seeds (I use a teaspoon of anise extract instead; add to taste)
Oven at 275F
Sheets of parchment paper, brown wrapping paper, or even computer paper to line cookie sheets
1. In mixer bowl, beat egg whites to a froth.
2. Add cream of tartar, beat until soft peaks form. Add extract here, if using.
3. Add sugar in portions, beating until mixture is stiff and shiny. Add seed here, if using.
4. Drop spoonfuls onto paper-lined baking sheets. If you want to get fancy, use your pastry bag and a fance tip to pipe your cookies.
5. Bake 30 minutes at 275 F.
Note: Meringues come in chewy and crispy. If you like the crisp, drier meringues, turn off the oven and let the cookies remain in the hot oven (with the door closed) for an hour or so to get crispy.
Makes about 4 dozen, depending on size.
Art today: trees in winter for a swap.