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Lucky Leaves

Yield about 3 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup cold strong brewed coffee
  • Red hot cinnamon candies
  • Green maraschino cherries, cut into strips

How to Make It

  1. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating well. Beat in eggs and vanilla, mixing well.

  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cloves 4 times. Stir into creamed mixture alternately with coffee, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Cover and chill overnight.

  3. Divide dough into fourths. Work with one portion of dough at a time, keeping remaining dough chilled until ready to use. Roll to 1/3-inch thickness on a heavily floured surface. Cut with a clover leaf cutter.

  4. Place 1 inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Place 3 cinnamon candies in center of each cookie; place a cherry strip in center as a stem. Bake at 450° for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool on wire racks. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

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