Well, hello there! Merry Christmas (belated)! We are still away visiting family, but we'll be heading home today.
Our time away has been good, bad, and itchy. Yes, itchy. As in chicken pox itchy!
We had barfers, skooters, accidental double bookings for Christmas dinners (which left us driving back and forth through town to be at both parties). Then there were chicken pox (which meant another family gathering got altered because some of my siblings who have younger babies didn't want them exposed).
I'm griping a lot here...but the truth is, it was still good to come "home for the holidays". I went to the opening night of "Into the Woods" with my sister, ate some great food (3 full-on Christmas meals at 3 different family get-togethers!), had some great conversations, stayed up late, slept in, sang carols, laughed and was merry.
I had to give myself a little pep-talk after our first day or two away. I was feeling overwhelmed and seriously blue. I talked to myself about my attitude, and how no matter what I get to choose how I react to situations, how I feel about the situation. I can be crabby and sad, or I can feel grateful for what I have and who I have in m life.
So, all that to say, I had a pretty good time away. The things making up my time might not have always been the best, but there was always something worth enjoying in every place we were in.
Now, onto the cookies I am sharing today! Christmas brings out a lot of memories from my childhood, and my Christmas childhood memories involve Dutch traditions and Dutch treats. So, here's another for you!
Arnhem is a city in the Netherlands, the capitol of it's Province, actually. And "meisjes" means girls, so, these are "Arnhem Girls", and not the "lady of the night" kind of girl, but it's meant as a sweet little girl. And that's just what these cookies are, sweet little cookies.
Some people think you can just get store bought puff pastry, cut out a circle, cover it in sugar and bake it. But that's not really quite right.
Puff pasty is made by folding a simple dough over butter, and doing more and more folds, while rolling the dough flat in between each fold over. That gives you a very layered pastry.
These little darlings are simpler than that by far! They turn out with a slight poof, and a few layers, but the dough is bread-like and buttery. In fact, as you bake these the house will smell like you are baking bread.
They are a wonderful coffee cookie (just ask any Dutch person), and you will be happy to have them! :)
The dough needs at least 2 hours fridge time
The cookies will puff up, the sugar will caramelize and you will have a wonderful and unique cookie to serve with coffee, Dutch style!
These cookies require some work, but really nothing that is too complicated or difficult, and the end result is very much worth it! Trust me!
Look at the inside of this fantastic cookie! Yumm!
Alright, well, I hope everyone has a good Monday. I am looking forward to the drive home and getting settled into "normal" life again.
You'll hear from me again this week, so you had better look forward to that! :)
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