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Ron Sullivan

You know I'm laughing out loud at these, right? Also I'm downloading the recipe.


Excellent! :) It's like Morticia said, "Play with your food, Wednesday!" It's only right.

Now, I am a bit crazy for the powdered sugar as instant frosting technique, but The Complete American-Jewish Cookbook, by Anne London and Bertha Kahn Bishov (The World Publishing Company, 1952), lists two alternative finishes you might prefer:

1. Transparent glaze

2 C confectioners' sugar
3 T boiling water
1 t vanilla

Beat thoroughly. Spread on cookies while glaze is still warm.

2. Icing

3 T confectioners' sugar

Beat in enough milk to turn sugar into a thin paste. Ice while still warm.

If you try either of these, do let me know how you like the results. They will certainly be more traditional.


I asked the Starbucks clerk how they liked the Ginger "Barrista Cookie". It was gingerman with a big green apron on it.

They said it was creepy. And too sweet. I wish I had a photo of it to post...


Oh, I wish you did, too! HA HA HA

I'm very sad that I never saw any such thing at my local (Concord, MA). I've only seen barista teddy bears. At least, I think I have. It's that kind of place.

Still, the baristas I know are all very nice and put up with such a lot even though (or maybe because) we are out here in wildest suburbia. Can you imagine how it must feel for yours in NYC to put up with everything New York has to throw at them, and then also have hundreds of people biting their heads off in effigy right in front of them? And on top of that the cookies are overly sweet? Yikes! It's like a whole new vortex of passive aggression opening up right in front of them with every purchase!

Can't stop laughing about it, though. Thanks.

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