Apparently, he ended up telling one of his high school history classes about this incident, because one of his students, Marie, found a recipe for Plymouth Rock cookies in a magazine, cut out the page, and brought it in for him to give to Akea. She'd remembered that Akea likes Colonial history, and wrote a note that she just had to get the recipe for Akea. So I purposed to make this today with the kids...
|Akea is mixing. I have no idea what Charlie is doing.|
|It's always a sacrifice to let the kids lick the beaters.|
|I had some help making these rocks "Plymouth."|
|Pre-oven Plymouth Rocks.|
|Plymouth Rocks, baked and glazed.|
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract*
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp milk
black and green food coloring**
1.Heat oven to 375. With a mixer, blend butter, sugar, and extracts for about a minute. Add the flour, salt, and milk and mix together with a wooden spoon until dough forms.
2. Form dough into 8-10 Plymouth Rock shapes, about 1/2" thick. Press a small rectangular lid (such as from a spice container) into the dough to create a frame, and with a toothpick to carve the date 1620.
3. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through until the cookies begin to brown. Remove them and let them cool completely.
4. For a gray glaze, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tbsp milk, a drop of green food coloring, and a drop of black food coloring. Adjust color and add milk if necessary to make the milk brushable. Apply with a pastry brush and allow to harden for about an hour.
*I didn't have any almond extract, so I just doubled the vanilla.
**I didn't have black food coloring, so I used a drop of red with the green to make gray.
And that's not all! We also made:
|Brine for the turkey, a la Pioneer Woman. Click here for the recipe.|
|Apple pie. I know, I know. I claim to be artsy, but there are two (okay, maybe more) things I can't do well: draw symmetrical stars and make fancy, fluted pie crusts.|