Behind on updates!

The last few weeks have felt very hectic – but for very good reason. I found out on April 17th that I will be Blake’s Teacher Librarian next year (after several months of formal searching.)

I’d been serving as the interim librarian since January, so this is not a huge change in some ways – but it’s lovely to finally be able to say “Next year!” (and look at both immediate and long-term plans.) And of course, now, I’m deeply engrossed in figuring out what next year should look like. (I’d been thinking about this all along, but not able to do a lot of the details.)

I am continuing to bake cookies for faculty on Thursdays (and they continue to be popular!)

Today’s are another variant on the Slice and Bake Cookie Palette recipe from the Smitten Kitchen, but I made some adjustments that have been going over very well.

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tsps orange extract
  • 3 tsps vanilla extract
  • about 1 3/4 cups flour

Cream the butter and sugar together (butter at room temperature), add the salt, egg yolks, and extract, and cream together further. Mix in the flour (the recipe calls for 2 cups: I used a bit less, as you can see.)

I chilled the dough for about half an hour, and then formed little (tspish sized balls) and rolled them in a mix of granulated sugar and cardamom and baked for about 10 minutes at 350 F. The end result is a cakey-melt-in-the-mouth happy thing.

They’ve been a big hit so far – a couple of people have gotten as far as the library door, and then circled back for another one, which always makes me grin.