Twitter Avatar February – James Beard Refrigerator Spice Cookies

Last year a couple of my blog friends were having fun on Twitter with their avatars: they would pick a bread and everyone would post that bread as their avatar for that month. This year the theme is chefs and I decided to join in on the fun. Nancy came up with the great idea of each of us picking a different chef for each month. Everyone chooses one recipe by that chef, takes a photo of the dish and uses that photo as our avatar for that month.

February’s avatar chef is James Beard, chosen by Nancy. The recipe I chose is Refrigerator Spice Cookies, its in ‘American Cookery’ (1972) by James Beard, but it can also be found here.

These cookies reminded me a lot of Speculaas, I divided the dough into three and baked 2 portions. The third portion can be found in my freezer, waiting for a surprise visitor šŸ˜‰ I taste-tested one cookie, it reminded me a lot of Speculaas. Most cookies found their way to work where they were devoured by my colleagues, the rest are at my parents house waiting to be eaten by my dad.


Next month’s chef is Emeril Lagasse, chosen by Margaret

Refrigerator Spice Cookies
(American Cookery by James Beard)
Yield: 5 dozen cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups sifted AP flour
1 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 375o F. 

Cream the butter, then cream in the sugar until fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and the eggs. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Combine with the butter mixture until well blended.

Divide the dough into 3 or 4 parts and form rolls that are approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Roll them up in wax paper or aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator or freezer until firm, about an hour.

With a sharp knife, slice into 1/4-inch rounds. Place on cookie sheets and cook until lightly browned at the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.


4 Responses to “Twitter Avatar February – James Beard Refrigerator Spice Cookies”

  1. HanaĆ¢ Says:

    >They look great. I bet they're packed with flavor. I love speculaas. I bet you could sprinkle sliced almonds on top.

  2. Abby Says:

    >They look tasty! Love the picture of them all stacked together! =)

  3. Leslie Says:

    >These look really good! I'm on the fence about blogging the lemon cake as it wasn't terribly thrilling. Your cookies look plenty thrilling!

  4. Kayte Says:

    >Those are so cute all piled up, I can never get cookies to do that, they always tumble down…you managed a whole lot of them! They look great.

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