[Post copied from my article written for the latest Kino Sydney Zine and reproduced here with permission of author. ME!]
Ah, spring, a time when a young person’s fancy turns to….cookies. A time of renewal, of rebirth, of invention. A time to take a last fond look at the trappings of winter. Which of course means it’s exactly the time for me to invent Buttermenthol Cookies, bake them for you, give you the recipe, and exult. Exult!
It all started earlier this winter. I was attending various screenings at the Sydney Film Festival, and I remembered, as I do every winter, that Buttermenthols exist. They were my constant companion throughout the screenings and train rides.
One afternoon I suddenly thought “Why aren’t these cookies?” So in the spirit of Weird Science I went home, got on my computer, and cranked those boobies as high as they would go. And by boobies I mean the menthol buttery goodness. As I anxiously peered into the oven, bra on my head, and beheld them in their glory, I knew I had birthed something great.
You will need:
3 cups brown sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
51/4 c flour
1tbsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp cream of tartar
Preheat your oven to 180C.
Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add the vanilla and lemon zest. In a separate bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix. Add the dry ingredients a bit at a time to the wet, mixing after each addition. Roll the batter into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
Now you think you’re done! And it’s true, you have some amazingly yummy cookies right there. But they aren’t Buttermenthol Cookies until you add the glaze!
2 c icing sugar
3-4 tbsp hot water
1tsp Peppermint flavoring (to taste)
Add the hot water to the icing sugar to form a soft pasty like substance. Add a tiny bit of peppermint flavoring at a time until it’s suitably mentholy. Keep in mind that the menthol flavor needs to be quite strong, so be bold! Spoon the mixture onto the cooled cookies and let set.
These cookies will not only make your mouth happy, they will clear your sinuses, make your hair grow back, cure your impotence, make your parents love you, and make that goblin move out of your underwear drawer. Once you try them you may instantly gain the courage to tell off that jerk hitting on your special friend. You go, Magnum.
This recipe makes a lot of cookies by the way, and I suggest you make as many as you can before summer, until your kitchen and throat are clogged with delicious.