Sunday, December 31, 2006

the 34 cookies of Christmas: day 11

Perhaps the most "simple" looking of the 34 cookies we made this holiday season is the cookie we will discuss on day 11 of the 34 cookies of Christmas. It is a small, brown, rather plain-looking ginger cookie rolled in demura sugar. It is easily passed over, in comparison to the many bright colored, sprinkled, and intricately shaped cookies that share the cookie plates with it... but, for those who do select this hidden gingery jem, they are not disappointed! Nestled inside the brown sugary shell is both fresh and crystallized ginger, Belgian bittersweet chocolate "dust," vanilla, and freshly grated connamon and nutmeg. The cookies are crackly on the outside, moist on the inside, and redolent with holiday spices. You can't stop eating after just one... and suddenly the demura sugar seems to catch the light and glow a little.

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