“…As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.” – The Star, by Jane Taylor, in Rhymes for the Nursery, 1806
Yesterday, my friend Carole and I baked cookies…
We are on the Hospitality Committee (actually, currently we ARE the Hospitality Committee, but would welcome others, too!), so, most months of the year, Carole and I enjoy coming up with something related to the meeting’s topic. To launch 2016, Richard Foss is presenting “From Tubes and Cubes to Space Espresso: Dining in Zero Gravity.”
Carole has ordered some Tang, a drink used by some of the earlier manned space flights, to augment our usual drinks line-up. We’ll also have some Trader Joe’s Cheddar Rocket Crackers for those who like something savory. But, for a Saturday morning, I think something a little sweet is also a must with the standard coffee and teas. Plus, it gave me a chance to use my collection of astronomical cookie cutters.
“Look into the Night Sky”
The night before, I made up a double batch of King Arthur Flour’s Holiday Butter Cookies. It’s a simple but delicious recipe, especially when flavored with Fiori di Sicilia, a heavenly marriage of citrus and vanilla, the signature flavor of Italian panettone.
For any roll and cut out cookie, the dough needs to thoroughly chilled.
The real work was going to be the rolling out, cutting, and topping.
The quartz countertop on our kitchen island is perfect for this: plenty of space, easy to clean, and cool. Besides, it’s black with sparkles in it, just like the twinkling of stars, and always makes me feel like I am looking into the night sky.
Many of the cookies we topped with sparkling sugar. Others, we tried our hand at drizzling on frosting, highlighting a little yellow on the moon, streaking the tale of the comet with blue.
When I despaired my lack of artistic precision, Carole (ever the supportive partner) pointed out that there is often risk of a little damage at the end of a mission, during atmospheric reentry, coming back down to earth.