Cookies in the Langeland Snow

All morning I watched as the wind whipped the snow across the fields. The skies were grey as the soft white flakes continued to fall. Sadly all hopes of building a snowman were dashed around lunchtime. Snow is so ephemeral.

I love this little island, this long stretch of land off the coast of Funen. When I was little we would spend all the school holidays here visiting my great-grandmother. Every Easter and every October, Danish television (this was back in the days when we only had one channel) would show Anne of Green Gables. So every afternoon I would rush home from the playground and gather around the television with my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. My great-grandmother’s kitchen always smelled of freshly baked something or other, most days you could smell it as soon as you came through the front door.

This morning I made my usual Nespresso latte and settled down to the fourth draft of Chocolates on My Pillow. I’ve got to the point where I can not only remember where the story is going but also what I need to focus on in the fifth draft. I’m still quite proud of myself for all the work I’ve done this year.

When it was time for a break the snow was playing havoc with the television so I rummaged through my DVDs and came up with Anne of Green Gables. Matthew Cuthbert always reminds me of my grandfather, so five minutes in I was bawling. If the weather permits it, tomorrow I will take some flowers to his grave and tell him about it.

chocolate chip cookies
The views expressed on this sign do not necessarily reflect those of the author

I dried my tears and decided that our kitchen needed the smell of something freshly baked – it is Sunday which is now baking day – and my son said he wanted cookies. Together with a cup of tea they were the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon of memories.

You will need:

75g soft butter
150g sugar
A pinch of salt
1 egg
150g flour
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tsp baking powder
100g chocolate

Cream the butter with the sugar and the salt. Add the egg and mix well. Add the vanilla sugar and baking powder to the flour and mix it all together. Chop up the chocolate into small pieces and add it to the mixture. If you have more than one type of chocolate, feel free to mix and match. Bake at 225C at the top of the oven for 5 minutes or so.

Actually next time I might leave out of the chocolate all together and make them smaller.

Happy Sunday.

And remember, tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.

Author: Eva O'Reilly

Writer, avid reader, large dog lover, cake baker and Francophile. Living in hope of finding either a literary agent or a large audience on Amazon.

5 thoughts on “Cookies in the Langeland Snow

  1. Having read the Anne books, I desperately wanted to visit Prince Edward Island. I never knew my grandfather, but I wouldn’t have minded someone like Matthew Cuthbert.
    You have a son, Eva, I have two of them. My question to you is if ‘the views on this sign do not necessarily reflect those of the author’ why post it? Surely there are other pics of biscuits you could have chosen or even taken.

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    1. Prince Edward Island always looked so beautiful. When I watched it yesterday I thought I would love to visit it.
      A friend gave me that sign as a gift, so I was showing them that I am “using” it. The disclaimer was because I don’t fully agree with the sentiments, particularly with regards to men, which my son understands. He thought it was rather funny.

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