Admittedly, the furthest I have been out of the U.S.
is Freeport, Bahamas, I have friends who travel across the world
though. Something I find very interesting that I have been told is
the limited use of ice in Europe and the Orient. In introducing your
cubs to some of the very simple facts of living in the Orient you
could always have warm of even hot water to serve them. I am also
aware that this truly isn't a very fun idea for most American
adults, much less Cubs. In the spirit of making lemonade from lemons
with this particular concept I would serve an Oriental-type cookie
to make drinking that warm water a little easier. What follows are
two cookie recipes. My thanks go out to Cheryl Singhal for the
Almond Cookie idea.
Get sugar cookies. Slice or roll into balls and bake
according to directions. Place an almond on the top of each cookie.
Use any sugar cookie recipe, swap almond extract for
the vanilla and press a piece of almond into the top before you bake
Fortune CookiesTo make
fortunes for cookies, cut 4- by 1/2-inch strips of paper and write
or type your own fortunes with non-toxic ink. Because you must work
quickly to shape the cookies, it's best to make them one at a time.
Using more than one baking sheet is also helpful because you won't
have to waste time waiting for the baking sheet to cool. A liquid
measuring cup or deep heavy bowl is a good tool for shaping the
1 large egg white
1/4 cup all-purpose
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped sliced
Preheat oven to 400°F. and butter a large round
area (about 6 inches) in middle of a baking sheet.
In a small bowl whisk egg white just until foamy.
Add flour, sugar, almonds and a pinch salt and beat until smooth.
Put 2 teaspoons batter on buttered area of baking sheet and with
back of measuring spoon spread batter evenly into a round about 3
inches in diameter. Bake cookie in middle of oven until golden
around edge but pale in center, about 5 minutes. Working quickly,
with a spatula remove cookie from baking sheet and invert onto a
work surface. Put a fortune in middle of cookie and fold cookie in
half. Bend pointed edges of cookie toward each other and hook them
onto rim of a liquid measuring cup or deep heavy bowl to cool
completely. Make more cookies with remaining batter in same manner,
letting baking sheet cool between cookies. Cookies may be made 3
days ahead and kept in an airtight container. Makes about 8