Mornings, I watch a boy trudge up the street on his way to school.
He’s maybe nine. His backpack hangs low, his head bends downward. Delaying the inevitable, he kicks at leaves, a rock, the curb.
Afternoons, I watch the same-but-different boy head down the street toward home. His steps are quick, his shoulders thrown back, his face lifts to the sun. Still heavy, the backpack now bounces.
School may be hard for this man-in-the-making. Perhaps his classmates tease or the learning comes slowly.
But my own wish for the nameless one is that his lively homeward steps mean he will be welcomed by both real and cookie hugs.
Maybe someday I’ll meet him on the street with cookies and together we’ll walk home so his Mom can be sure it’s okay for him to eat them.
Maybe then, we’ll become cookie friends and he’ll wave to the window as he passes, both directions, knowing his way is watched.
Bake: 30 – 40 minutes
Makes 18 two-inch round cookies or 5 dozen mini stars
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup butter, cut in six pieces, softened
- 2/3 cup currants
- 2 – 4 tablespoons milk
- Additional sugar for topping
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl. With your fingers, rub the butter into the dry mixture until crumbly. Stir in the currants and enough milk to produce a soft dough. Gather the dough to form a ball.
Lightly dust a flat work surface with flour. With a rolling pin or glass bottle, roll the dough into a disc about ½ inch thick (or 1/4 inch for mini stars). Cut the dough in two-inch rounds with a cup (or use a small star-shaped cookie cutter for the mini stars).
Brush off the excess flour and arrange the cookies an inch apart on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the cookies with sugar and bake at 400F until golden, 16 – 20 minutes (or about 9 minutes for mini stars).
For 60 cookies, per cookie: 42 Cal (45% Fat); 2g Tot Fat; 5g Carb; 0g Fiber; 12mg Sodium; 6mg Cholesterol, Weight Watchers 1 point
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