My mom did not let me watch horror films when I was a kid. But I usually found a way of peeking, at least for a couple of minutes. Some movies were terrifying, I’ll say - mom was right. Two got stuck in my head and to this day I don’t know their names.
In one of them, a very happy family starts falling apart because the younger daughter is possessed or something. On the scene I remember, there’s been a car crash and all the family get out of the car before it explodes. But the little girl ties up her older sister’s shoe laces together so she can’t move. And she dies. So creepy.
As for the other movie, all I know is that it ends with a man screaming, the camera getting closer to him until it goes down his throat and everything turns black. Then, the credits. Equally scary.
Do you know which movies are those? I keep thinking that they might be really crappy movies and here I am, curious about them for so long.
Like these cookies. I was curious about them for many, many months and when I finally baked the cookies they did not turn out cute like the ones on the original recipe. :(
UPDATE: My good friend C. read the post and got so angry at me! She says that I'm not being honest with you, guys. According to her, I took photos using light colors on purpose to make the cookies look bad and did not mention that they tasted fantastic.
Ok, C. - message delivered!
Orange-spice glazed cookies
1 ¼ cups (175g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ¼ cups (250g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
finely grated zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 cup (140g) confectioners' sugar, sifted
a splash of vanilla
2 tablespoons orange juice
Grease two baking sheets well and set aside – I lined the sheets with baking paper.
Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer and beat on high speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl often, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg and vanilla extract, and mix well.
Add the cream of tartar, flour, zest, spices, and salt, and mix on low speed until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough is smooth.
Remove the dough from the mixer and form it into a ball. If it's too soft to handle, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it firms up a bit – I refrigerated mine for 1 ½ hours.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF (175ºC) and make the glaze by mixing the powered sugar, vanilla, and orange juice until smooth.
On a well-floured board, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Cut into shapes with the cookie cutters of your choice. Place on the prepared pan and bake 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately brush each one with a good amount of glaze, then place them back in the oven and bake until the glaze starts to crackle and the cookies are a golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes more. Remove the cookies and let cool on the pan.
Makes about 30 medium-size cookies – I halved the recipe and got 35 cookies with a 5cm flower cutter