Sunday, December 7, 2008

Buttered Rum Meltaways

I love the library. I could honestly spend hours & hours roaming around. I love the fiction of course, but I could really get lost in the non-fiction aisles. Unfortunately I usually don’t have hours & hours to roam. I usually just check out the “What’s New” aisles on the first floor. That’s where I discovered this gem of a book. OMFG. This book is amazing! I love the way it’s laid out. There are categories of cookies such as “Soft & Chewy” “Crumbly & Sandy” “Light & Delicate”, & a photo index at the front. Yes, you heard me, a photo index! There’s a photo for EVERY recipe! I had originally seen the book sometime over summer, but didn’t check it out. Then, over Thanksgiving break I began to think about Christmas cookies to make, so I went online and requested this book. I was so excited when I got the email saying it was there waiting for me!

This is the first recipe I tried. I wanted to make something that seemed simple, but that seemed different from any recipe I’d made before. I settled on the Buttered Rum Meltaways. I was drawn to the fact that this dough needed to be put in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, and up to one month. So I could easily make the dough, and then bake it right before a Christmas party!

These little babies definitely appeal to a grown-up palate. The mix of spices & addition of rum has warm mature flavor! So yummy.


Buttered Rum Meltaways

adapted from Martha Stewart "Cookies"


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup dark rum
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Whisk flour, cornstarch, spices, and salt in a bowl. Put butter and 1/3 cup sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in rum and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and gradually mix in flour mixture.

Divide dough in half. Place each on a piece of parchment paper; shape dough into logs. Fold parchment over dough; using a ruler, roll and press into a 1 1/4-inch log. Wrap in parchment. Chill in freezer 30 minutes (up to 1 month).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap logs. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds; space 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until just golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool 10 minutes. Gently toss warm cookies with remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Cookies can be refrigerated in airtight containers up to 2 weeks.

PS. If anyone wants to get this book for me for Christmas, I would be incredibly happy.

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