I write romance novels from grown ups and smartasses, so trust me when I say this cookie is a grown-up, smart-assed cookie. This is, of course, all because of the cloves. Cloves are a very grown-up taste. Cloves make this cookie smartass and also BADASS. Ninjas are badass. These are badass ninja cookies; badass because they are grown up, smartassed, and ninjaly—sneakily—delicious. Also, cloves are like the most basassed spice EVER. Why are cloves badass?
Cloves are a natural analgesic. Every Ninja knows that.
Did you ever see the movie or read William Goldman's* book The Marathon Man? In the Marathon Man movie, Dustin Hoffman relies on oil of clove after he has some, uh, pain after some, uh, dental work. He's trying to track down the man who murdered his brother and stole diamonds. Dustin gets tortured for it, dentally, but thanks to that oil of clove, he keeps on running. Totally badass. Totally Ninja.
On top of that, cloves are a natural mould killer (or mold killer if you prefer). AND cloves taste good. Like really good. If your breath stinks, suck on a clove. Voila, No more stinky breath! Also, cloves smell like...Christmas!
Clove lemon cookies from The Ladies Home Journal Cook Book.
Oven to 350F/170C
¾ cup butter, softened 2 cups flour
1 cup granulated sugar ¼ tsp ground cloves
1 egg 1/8 tsp salt
½ tsp lemon extract 1/4 tsp grated lemon peel
1 ½ cups confectioner’s (icing) sugar 2 Tbsp) water
¼ tsp lemon extract.
Mix flour, cloves and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Cream butter and granulated sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy.
Add egg and lemon extract; beat until well blended. Gradually beat in flour mixture until well mixed.
Divide dough in half. Form each half into a log about 1 ½ inches in diameter by 9 inches long. Wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Cut dough into quarter inch thick slices. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 12 - 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
Lemon Glaze, mix confectioners' sugar, water and lemon extract in small bowl until well blended. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Let stand until glaze is set.
*Goldman also wrote The Princess Bride, kids, which is a totally smartass, badass story.