Plain Jane Cookies Suggest Shapes For Every Season
These simple refrigerator cookies are so easily decorated and keep for such a long time that we use them as samples and decorate them to suit the season of the year.
They first came to us from a football tailgate party where they were topped with a simple sugary chocolate icing. We adapted them for Halloween by painting them with orange icing and drawing funny faces on the round cookies with a small pastry tube.
Early in December we get out our antique cookie cutters - stars and angels and Santa faces. This dough keeps well enough in the refrigerator that we can roll out a dozen or two at a time and bake them fresh when we want the house to smell of the promise of sweets with tea. Or when we are confronted with a cookie swap or a gift for our hostess. At a dinner party when there is so much rich food around, make these cookies as tiny circles and serve them plain with a platter of fruit. When you get tired of them, try this variation. Make the same dough but drop teaspoon-sized globs of dough on the cookie sheet and grate a little bit of fresh ginger onto the top of the cookie. They will spread in the oven and give you a cookie that even looks nostalgic. Bake them until they are crispy brown; somehow that adds to their appeal in a world where homemade treats are a rarity.
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