Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds

Recipes, devotional thoughts, and other cool things I come across.

How to Make your House Smell Nice November 19, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — foodfaithandfinds @ 8:24 PM

And have cookies to eat as a result.  Like I mentioned last time, things are busy this week with holiday preparations.  Still, I wanted to give you another cookie recipe (#8).  This one has the added benefit of making your house smell absolutely lovely (if you like the smell of spices like I do).  It’s also very easy to whip up; you don’t even have to let butter soften first.  Though they’re called snaps, they’re actually quite soft.  I liked them best when they were still warm from the oven.

Cardamom Snaps (from Better Homes & Gardens)

3/4 c. shortening

1 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. ground cardamom

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c. molasses

1 egg

2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 c. sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a bowl, beat shortening on medium-high for 30 seconds.  Add the brown sugar, baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. cardamom, and cinnamon and beat on medium-high til combined.  Beat in molasses and egg.  Beat in as much flour as possible with the mixer; stir in any remaining flour.

2. In a small, shallow bowl, mix sugar and 1/2 tsp. cardamom.  Scoop dough into 1 in. balls and roll in the cardamom/sugar mix.  Place balls 2 in. apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 10 min. or til the edges are set and the tops are slightly cracked.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

Here are my top Thanksgiving tips:  1. Don’t stress out – family is more important than food.  2. Do what you can ahead of time, and, if something is more trouble than it’s worth, forget about it.  3. To paraphrase my father, it’s not family-day, food-day, football-day, or turkey-day.  It’s Thanksgiving Day.  Let’s remember to give thanks, particularly to the One who gives us all our blessings, our Heavenly Father.

I hope you do have a great Thanksgiving, and I’ll talk to you again soon.


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