Yield: 5 dozen Baking Time: 10-12 minutes Temperature: 350°F Freeze Well 1 pound lard 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons anise seed 1/2 cup brandy* 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup sugar 6 cups flour 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1. Cream lard, sugar, and anise seed in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs and beat well. 2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. 3. Alternately add flour and brandy to creamed mixture until stiff dough has been formed. 4. Knead dough slightly and pat or roll to a 1/4 inch to a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough into desired shapes. 5. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Dust the top of each cookie with a small amount of mixture. 6. Bake in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned.
* Varied amounts may be used. Bourbon or sherry may be substituted.
NOTE: The fleur-de-lis shape is traditional for these cookies.
Yield: 5 dozen Baking Time: 15-20 minutes Freeze Well 1 cup soft margarine 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/4 cups flour Powdered sugar 1. Cream margarine and sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl. 2. Add flour, salt, and vanilla, and work mixture into moderately thick dough. Cover and chill dough for approximately 2 hours. 3. Shape dough into balls approximately 1 inch in diameter. 4. Bake polvorones on a greased baking sheet in a 400°F oven for 15-20 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned. 5. Roll baked cookies in powdered sugar while still warm.
Yield: 3-4 dozen Baking Time: 10-12 minutes Temperature: Medium, 425°F Freeze Well 2/3 cup honey 4 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon soda 1/2 cup margarine 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 egg 1 teaspoon cloves 1/3 cup water 2/3 cup chopped nuts 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup candied orange peel 1. Combine honey, sugar, and margarine in a small saucepan and cook mixture for 5 minutes at medium heat. 2. Remove mixture from heat and set aside. 3. Beat the egg until foamy in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add all remaining ingredients, beating well after each addition. 4. Add the honey mixture and mix well. Cover dough and chill. 5. Roll dough on a lightly floured board to a 1/8 inch thickness. Cut dough into desired shapes. 6. Place cookies on a greased baking sheet and bake in a 425°F oven for 10-12 minutes.
Yield: Approximately 5 dozen Baking Time: 8-10 minutes Temperature: 325°F Freeze Well 2 cups softened margarine 2 tablespoons brandy* 1 cup sugar 2 cups chopped nuts 2 1/4 cups flour Powdered sugar 2 tablespoons water 1. Cream margarine and sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl until light and fluffy. 2. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well. Drop mixture by teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. 3. Bake in 325°F oven for 8-10 mminutes. 4. Roll cookies in powdered sugar while still warm.
* Additional brandy may be needed.HR>
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