I haven't baked for awhile. We found out a few weeks ago that our daughter Kelly's breast cancer had metastasized to her liver and we drove to Kentucky to be with her. I'm home just long enough to get the house in order and give my husband intensive training on how to care for himself, the cat, and keep the house in one piece until I return. This morning, however, I needed to bake and chose a quick recipe I found in my King Arthur Catalogue for Harvest Spice Cookies. It called for using a Cookie Press, which is one of my favorite gadgets when it comes to making cookies. Spritz cookies, which my mother would always bake at Christmas, brings back such happy memories of their buttery tenderness and the fun shapes. For these cookies, I simply sprinkled some Pearlized Gold Sugar Crystals on them, but you could also melt a little caramel and place a dab in the center when they come out of the oven.
I will continue to bake while I'm away, but occasionally, my baking will take on a healthier touch so my daughter can enjoy some treats. Enjoy!