Thanks to Heather of Randomosity and the Girl by Heather for choosing this recipe. Check out her site for the recipe.
I had two tiny substitutions. First, I sent the yankee to the store to get apricot jam. Of course I get the expected phone call from him saying they did not have apricot jam. So instead we went for spreadable fruit. It worked fine. I am beginning to think this city is lacking in the grocery department. (Not my favorite Publix of course). Second, I had ginger in my pantry. But when I pulled it out to put in the cookies, I discovered there is ginger and then there is ginger. My ginger was a version you use in meats. (Could I be wrong about this?) So rather than go back to the store, I used pumpkin pie spice (which had ginger in it) in the cookies and it worked great.
Years ago, someone gave me a melon baller for a wedding present. Yes, you heard me right. Well I have never used it, having never had a need to make balls out of melon. However, I decided to try that to accurately measure my dough for the cookies and it worked so well I will be using it from now on. The dough came out of the melon baller with such ease! Each cookie was perfectly formed. I felt like Columbus making a new discovery!
The baking cookies filled my house with a wonderful buttery cinnamon smell that just made me feel like Christmas!
And now, the kitchen is finally just about finished. Note the new countertop space! Note the new sink and faucet. Note the new cabinets with glass in the doors. The grout on the floor has some issues which is one thing we will have to work on later. But for now, the house is back in order and clean again! Even managed to finally get my tree up and a few presents purchased!
I am so blessed. Life is good. . . .