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December 12th, 2006


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06:19 pm - Help oh cooking goddesses (and gods) of food porn!
Help! Am planning to make these:

Spice Cookies
(recipe courtesy of Sara Moulton)
Spice-cookie dough:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and salt
1/4 teaspoon each ground allspice and cloves
1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl mix flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, allspice and cloves until blended. In another large bowl beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, beating until well blended. Divide dough in thirds. Shape each into a ball and flatten to a 1-inch-thick round. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Have cookie sheets ready. On a lightly floured surface roll one third of the dough at a time (keep remainder refrigerated) to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough in desired shapes with floured 3-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. (Chill and reroll scraps.) Bake about 12 minutes or until cookies are golden on undersides and edges are just starting to brown. Cool completely on sheet on wire rack. Ice or decorate as desired.

BUT I only have mixed spice in the house and am not sure how much to substitute?
(for those in the USA this is a blend of most of the spices wanted for this recipe.)
HELP!!!!

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From:athenemiranda
Date:December 12th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I'd suggest you don't worry - just add 3 1/2 teaspoons of mixed spice and see what happens.
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From:veridianeyes
Date:December 12th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
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yeah...its the fact M's family will be sampling them! And I have holly shaped cookie cutters!


and I had a parcel arrive from Jess earlier. It has LHM in it....

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From:athenemiranda
Date:December 12th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
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*rubs hands together evilly* Oh, my. You shall soon be joining us.

(She was talking about doing something to the we-want-to-stab-them back covers...dunno if she did, but if she didn't, srsly, do NOT read them. They're a crime against all that is good and holy. Oh, and the first 80 or so pages aren't spectacular - first time I read the thing, it took me about two months to read those first pages, and five days to read the entire rest of the series. woo.)
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From:veridianeyes
Date:December 12th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
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i shall..when I can find enough time...

are the back covers all spoilery?
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From:athenemiranda
Date:December 12th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but the first in particular manages to be both spoilery and horribly inaccurate, which is a bizarre feat and not one that human eyes should be forced to witness. Hope you find the time soon. xxx
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From:veridianeyes
Date:December 12th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Well, am having a reading in bed day before xmas OR there will horrid concequences for the whole world.
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From:veridianeyes
Date:December 13th, 2006 10:21 am (UTC)
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Darn book....I finished the first one already.....
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From:athenemiranda
Date:December 13th, 2006 10:50 am (UTC)
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*is grinning like you wouldn't believe*
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From:wildchildcait
Date:December 12th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
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sounds yummy.

Think about it...if you add a spoon of each spice say three spices, and mix it, how many spoons do you have? say, 3. Now you buy premixed spice, how many spoons do you need? still three.

That said, their mix could be slightly different, so I'd always err on the side of caution and add a little less ;-)
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From:veridianeyes
Date:December 12th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
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i know..i was just having a moment of 'what if it results in there being too much of one spice and it being overpowering?'.

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From:myz_lilith
Date:December 13th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
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All sounds logical to me - besides, you can never have too much mixed spice ;-)

(And if all else fails, serve with lashings of mulled wine and nobody will care >;-) )
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From:pvcdiva
Date:December 13th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
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Iagree with whats been said before - looking at the quantities you should end up with a couple of dozen biscuits.

I'll see if I can wrench my mothers maple syrup cookie receipe out of her, but I warn you that they are addictive
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From:veridianeyes
Date:December 13th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
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oooooh...they sound wicked and and addictive!
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From:strawpig
Date:December 13th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
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Don't worry about the spice balance too much as you can never tell how strong a single spice is going to be with it's freshness and when it was ground and thing. Last years christmas cake tasted very strongly of cloves despite using all the right balance of spices in the recipe as the clove (and nutmeg) were freshly ground by me, but the cinemmon and allspice were preground. Mixed spice should be fine.
lots of love
Patrick
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