When I was growing up in the 1930s-40s, we didn’t have cookies very often. My mother didn’t care to make them and we seldom had store-bought cookies. Once in a great while, when there was a small amount of change left in the food budget, Mother would let us get a few large, brown, spicy windmill cookies that were sold in bulk from a big tin container in our corner grocery store. I loved these cookies, particularly the bits of sliced almonds scattered here and there.
Sadly, the “windmill” cookies found now in plastic wrappers aren’t shaped like windmills, don’t have almonds and don’t taste nearly as good as I remember. I found a recipe about 25 years ago that I thought was very reminiscent of the wonderful cookies of my childhood.
WINDMILL SPICE COOKIES
1 cup margarine
1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cream margarine and sugar, add egg and mix well. Stir together the dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture. Mix well.
Roll out on floured board to desired thickness (I like the crisp ones about 1/4″ thick). Cut with floured cookie cutter and place an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press sliced almonds into the cookies.
Bake @ 375 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.
I have a nice collection of Dutch items and one of my favorites is this piece my daughter made for me a few years ago. I love the Delft scenes all around the border.