Ah, THESE were the cookies that saved the day. Delicate flavor and beautiful shiny texture. My daughter came to TX from Portland OR, and we chose 4 recipes from this site for our Christmas cookie-baking tradition. Two were horrible (too much baking soda!!), and one was just OK, but this one is an OUTSTANDING cookie!! I am clove-shy because it can overpower a recipe and give it a medicinal taste, but my daughter insisted on following the recipe, and the spices are delightful, very well-balanced. The dough was very sticky even after chilling overnight, but it could be rolled with much extra flour sprinkled about. We discovered, when we forgot one batch, that it improves the flavor, if you cook them twice as long as recommended, or to taste. They were almost burned at 18 minutes, but the flavor was developed into a very pleasant burnt-sugar taste, of which I am very fond. So cook them as long as you dare. I think they're better almost burned.
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Ah, THESE were the cookies that saved the day. Delicate flavor and beautiful shiny texture. My...