May Day is by far my favorite holiday. There are so many great traditions, from the May pole to celebrating the colorful blooms and the demise of winter, but my favorite tradition is the May Day basket. I love the idea of giving an anonymous basket of goodies to unsuspecting friends. My first May Day basket was made with my grandma. We picked some spring blooms and made some cookies. I put it on the stoop of my best friend two doors down. This year, the lack of spring blossoms and greenery gave way to a very monochromatic bundle, right down to the tasty treats. This recipe is one I found on 101 cookbooks, my favorite foodie blog. Happy Spring!
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
Scant 1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 pound (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup lightly toasted sliced almonds
1/2 cup currants
Large grain sugar, for sprinkling
Combine the all-purpose and whole wheat flours in a medium bowl and set aside.
Take dough out and let stand for ten minutes. Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.