Spring arrives intermittently, it seems. One moment itâ€™s all daffodils and salad, the next, snow warnings and pork chili and corn bread and Jon â€œborrowingâ€ the scarf he gave me for Christmas because itâ€™s a Boy Color.
This is when the Cape Weather App really comes into its own.
A few years ago, I bought a cape. And I love it. It makes me feel like fashion Batman. Capes are great. You can swirl in them. You can Be Mysterious. Nothing not to love about a cape. Problem is, there are about 5 days a year when itâ€™s the right weather to wear one, and often, you donâ€™t know that this was one of the Cape Days until youâ€™re out in the world thinking, hmm, itâ€™s a bit too cold for my little jacket, too hot for my coat OMG, Cape Weather. But by this time, youâ€™re already at the subway, slightly late for work, so itâ€™s too late.
So Jon built me an app for that.
The apps only purpose is to tell me in the morning whether today is Cape Weather, as defined by a previously agreed upon and tested set of numerical boundaries. It is awesome.
And so, in continuing gratitude, I baked cookies.
Spiced Chocolate Shortbreads (makes about 30 cookies)
These are the kind of cookies that can live in your freezer, ready to be sliced and baked at a momentâ€™s notice. Itâ€™s how Martha Stewart probably feels most of the time.1 Â½ cups flour Â¾ cup coco powder (not hot chocolate powder, real coco powder) 1 tsp cinnamon Â½ tsp ginger Â½ tsp paprika (or cayenne if you prefer) pinch of salt pinch of black pepper (about 1/2 tsp) 1 cup sugar 1 Â½ sticks of butter at room temperature 1 tsp espresso coffee (or vanilla extract) 1 egg Â
- Make sure the butter is at room temperature, then add the sugar and mix until fluffy, then mix in the egg and the espresso
- Sift together the flour, coco, cinnamon, ginger, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl, then add the dry mixture tbsp. by tbsp. into the butter mixture until combined
- Divide the dough in half so that it is easier to manage, then roll each lump into a fat sausage. Wrap the logs of dough in wax paper, then freeze for at least 2 hours, or up to a month or so
- Pre heat the oven to 375f
- Let the cookies sit on the counter for a few minutes until you can slice them without them sharding and breaking. Slice the dough into fat cookies. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 8 â€“ 10 mins â€“ keep an eye on them. Itâ€™s hard to tell if they are burning because the dough is so dark. Plus, they firm up when they cool.
- Cool for a few minutes on a rack, and eat warm with ice cream as dessert, or anytime with a cup of coffee.