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Yule Cookies – Springerli

It’s that time of year when I share my family’s holiday cookie recipes, so from the Swedish side: Springerli

5 whole eggs
1 lb of powdered sugar
½ tsp lump powdered ammonia (Also called Baker’s Ammonia)

2 drops oil of anise
Flour to make stiff enough to knead

Beat eggs well
Add other ingredients
Roll ¼ inch thick
Print with mold
Let stand overnight
Bake at 350 degrees until straw coloured

If you cannot find Baker’s Ammonia you can substitute an equal amount of baking powder. Baker’s Ammonia was used in Northern European recipes pre-baking powder. If you do use the Baker’s Ammonia, do not sample the dough! It’s a leavening agent that is harmless after cooking but your kitchen may stink a bit during baking.

A prayer at Lughnassad

I give thanks

I give thanks for my friends that have kept me going in dark times

I give thanks for the love I have been given

I give thanks for the family I have left

I give thanks for the family I was born into and what they taught me

I give thanks that I have the right to worship the goddesses and gods who call me

I give thanks that I can worship as I choose to do

I give thanks for the Earth that gives nourishment to me

I give thanks for the Air I breathe

I give thanks for clean Water to drink in a drought filled world

I give thanks for the Fire in my head and in my heart

I thank the animals who give their spirits to be food

I give thanks for the plants and seeds who give their spirits also

I give thanks for hands to hold and hearts to love

I give thanks for eyes that can see and ears that can hear

I give thanks for an August morning to give thanks in and

I give thanks for the ability to see and say and sing my thanks.

I give thanks.

Yuletide treats – Melt in the Mouth cookies

Melt in the Mouth

½ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1Teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
¾ cup sifted flour
1 Teaspoon baking powder
½ Teaspoon salt
½ cup finely chopped nuts

Cream butter, add sugar, vanilla & egg
Beat until light
Add sifted dry ingredients and nuts
Drop by scant teaspoons onto cookie sheets
Bake in hot oven

400 degrees for about 5 minutes Cool for ½ minute
Remove to wire rack

Yuletide treats – Chocolate Nuggets

Chocolate Nuggets

¾ cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
¼ teaspoon salt
2 1oz squares of unsweetened chocolate melted
2 Tbsp milk (whole)
½ Teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups of sifted flour
Chocolate shots, ants, jimmies, sprinkles or whatever you call them

Cream butter; gradually add sugar and cream until fluffy
Add egg, salt, chocolate, milk and vanilla
Mix well
Mix in flour
Chill dough thoroughly
Shape into 1 inch balls
Roll in the chocolate sprinkles

Place in oven on a greased cookie sheet
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes 

Makes 4 dozen

Holiday confection – Chocolate Stars

More holiday treats

Chocolate Hearts

These are my all time favourites and they really aren’t a cookie. They are a confection because they have no flour.

3 oz of bitter chocolate
1 lb powdered sugar
2 or 3 unbeaten egg whites
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Melt 3 oz of chocolate
Add 1lb of powdered sugar
And mix thoroughly
Work to a stiff yet pliable paste with the unbeaten egg whites
Add 1 tsp of vanilla
Roll ¼ inch thick and cut with cookie cutter
Sprinkle the board with powdered sugar instead of flour
Place on oiled or foiled pan
And bake until firm at 325 degrees
Remove from pan after standing a minute to cool

Holiday cookies – Ginger Crinkles

Ginger Krinkle Crisps
¾ cup shortening
1 ½ cup sugar
¼ cup light molasses
2 cups sifted flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoon ginger
3 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves (ground)
1 egg

Cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
Blend in molasses.
Sift together flour, salt, soda & spices (1 tsp of cinnamon).
Add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Chill dough hour or longer.
Mix remaining ½ cup sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon.
Form dough into balls and roll in the sugar mixture.
Place 3 inches apart on foiled cookie sheet, gently press cookie to flatten slightly.
Bake at 350 degrees 12-15 minutes or until top is cracked and slightly brown.
Makes 3 ½ – 4 dozen cookies . Maybe doubled without changes

Warning! I made these by myself as a kid. I forgot to split the cinnamon out for the rolling mixture and ended up having to triple the recipe. I had a whole lotta cookies to share which was good because I love them.