I wish I could photograph the smell of these cookies. Seriously.
And don’t take that lightly – the glory of mid-fall brings with it so many sensory pleasures that it takes a lot for anything to wow me these days. You know what I’m talking about – unbelievably crisp air, the awesome sound of leaves crunching under your feet, that unparallelled fall light … not that I’m complaining here, but it kind of makes most other things pale in comparison. Smells that normally do all sorts of good things for me – coffee in the morning, cut flowers, even really awesome Chinese food (which usually has a whole forbidden-thing going for it too since its rarely available gluten-free) – get an “eh.” But these cookies – oh my gosh. When copious amounts of butter meet rose syrup, raspberries, and almonds and then decide to party together in an oven, even fall takes a backseat to the sensory pleasures that unfold.