On our vacation, we decided to visit Amsterdam, Holland. It was tulip season so we just couldn't resist going there. And boy, was it worth it! The tulips were absolutely beautiful and in full bloom. Keukenhof Gardens is the garden to visit if you want to see the tulips. There were absolutely thousands of tulips throughout the garden. They have created varieties of tulips that I have never seen before in my life. Here are just a few pictures.
Believe it or not, these are all tulips. This is just a very small sample of the pictures I took. Everywhere you looked, it was a picture perfect. If you love flowers, especially tulips, this should be on your bucket list.
In Amsterdam, many people are Dutch. When I think of cookies, I remember the windmill cookies with the slivered almonds. The cookie was plain and simple, just flavored with different spices, no frosting. My dad was a lover of these cookies.
I found this recipe on Pinterest, and made them for Alyssa's graduation party. She loves her books and her cookies. We did a cookie bar based around some of her favorite books. One favorite book was "The Fault In Our Stars". In it, the characters went to Amsterdam. Home of the Windmill cookies.
Dutch Windmill Cookies
1 lb butter or margarine
1/2 c dairy sour cream
4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
2 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp nutmeg
5 c all purpose flour
1/2 c chopped nuts or sliced almond
Mix butter, sugar and sour cream. Add dry ingredients. Mix well and form into rolls and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Slice 1/4 inch thickness or a little more. Place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375^ for 10-15 minutes.
If rolling out for cookie chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Dip cutter in flour and cut in desired shapes. and bake.
These cookies were really good. I haven't made them since, but they would be worth making again. Alyssa ended up really liking them. And they were pretty easy to make which I really liked. I did the sliced version, not the cookie cutter.
I found the recipe on Just a Pinch Recipes. Click here if you want to view the recipe from their website.
Until next time...Stampin' Always,
Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper