Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Gift of Butter

Gift someone a plate of cookies
and they snack for five minutes
[because they are so-o good!]
Gift someone butter and they
bake and snack with better flavor!

Molasses Cookies

1 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup of molasses
1 large egg
2 1/4 cups of flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/4 cup of white sugar [to roll balls of cookie dough in]
Preheat Oven Temperature to 375 degrees

I exchanged butter for shortening, and brown sugar for white sugar in this recipe and added cardamom with the other spices.  I have been making this recipe for 35 years.  I often have doubled this recipe for a count of six or seven dozen for many activities where there will be many in attendance and this recipe has been shared many times over.  These Molasses Cookies are traditionally made during the holidays and I enjoy them at different times of the year, as well.  Children and grandchildren have enjoyed them over the years, and grownups too!

1. Cream the butter and brown sugar together until smooth.
2. Add the molasses and continue mixing until well blended.
3. Add the egg and continue mixing until batter is smooth.
4. In a sifter add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, and cardamom.
Sift into another bowl until all is sifted completely.
5. Add flour mixture to butter, brown sugar, molasses, & egg mixture on medium low speed on mixer.
Continue to mix until all the flour is mixed in thoroughly
6. Roll cookie dough by spoonful [choose your size spoon] I use a teaspoon, then roll each cookie dough ball in the white sugar and place on cookie sheets.
7. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes and until cracks start forming on top of cookies.
8.  Cool on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes and then move to cooling racks to finish cooling the cookies.
9. Store in an air tight container or cookie jar with secure lid.
10. Enjoy!

Rooney enjoys the aroma the baking cookies create in the house as much as we do.  I make all of Rooney's dog treats, so when we taste test a Molasses Cookie Rooney has one of her brown rice dog treats with the shape of a dog bone.  I know she knows she is really not having a cookie, and yet she seems genuinely pleased that I make her dog treats by scratch.  Dobermans/Doberwomans have a sweet and kind way of showing their appreciation.  It is usually a sideways lean from her torso to the side of one of my legs for a count of 15 seconds and/or a hug. When a Dobie hugs they bring their neck and front chest into your opening arms.  The first time I experienced a Dobie hug it was an emotional moment.  So deeply touching! The first time it brought me to happy tears.  There are hug moments when Rooney steps back and looks into my face and decides I need extra hug time and will step back in to give me more hug.  That tears me up just sharing it with you!

Enjoy the Molasses Cookies, & Hug Your Pet Extra Today,

Friday, July 22, 2016

How Lucky Am I?

Choosing a name for my food/recipe/writing blog seemed so daunting....UNTIL....I realized two of my loves would suit my blog name perfectly and that the first half of my blog name is unique making it a great choice for the URL address and domain name...Rooney our gorgeous Doberwoman will be remembered easily, and it is such a memorable pairing, I cannot believe it challenged me for over a week, and then I typed it out and realized in seconds how right the name Rooney and Butter is.

Rooney softly dozing beside me, rose her head just when the burst of delight rippled through my brain as if to say, "Mom, I knew you would figure out what name I was thinking, eventually...." Rooney [and other Dobermans, as well, as I have heard from their Moms & Dads] have this marvelous regal, intelligent expression on their faces that make us feel instantly safe, secure, and well taught by their patient and persevering characters. How lucky are we? All Doberman humans, really.  We know it to be true and never feel silly saying it.  It comes as an honor and pride thing.  We feel complete being owned by a Doberman/Doberwoman. So, as my blog continues I will regale all readers with Rooney's antics, humor, opinions on a variety of topics, and how Rooney's enthusiasm for life is contagious and makes us feel like better people.

My love for butter is seen in my recipes.  Butter is great for everything.  Butter is an essential ingredient in so many recipes.  If I ever make a recipe that does not call for butter I double check the recipe, because I truly feel I have forgotten something important, and am unsettled about it briefly.  Rooney reassures me with her knowing look from one of her many favorite spots for napping in the livingroom....I instinctively look up towards her eyes, as I pause to regroup, and she looks towards me at the most perfect moment with such fabulous timing....reassuringly, of course.  How lucky am I?! 

My blog page is a "work in progress" and is under construction.  You will see improvements each week.  I will be getting pictures of Rooney on our blog page right away.  It just wouldn't seem right otherwise.  Recipes and food pictures as well. 

Adventures in writing, photography, cooking, and blogging are as essential as Rooney and Butter!

Seeing you soon,

Parmesan Thyme Crackers......