Suzanne Fossett's German grandmother never wrote down the recipe for her favorite spice cookies; it took Suzanne and her mother years to re-create the cookie they remembered.
Yield: Makes about 6 dozen cookies
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 76
- Calories from fat: 37%
- Protein: 0.9g
- Fat: 3.1g
- Saturated fat: 1g
- Carbohydrate: 11g
- Fiber: 0.3g
- Sodium: 63mg
- Cholesterol: 9.5mg
- About 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine, at room temperature
- 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans (6 oz.)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped candied citron
- 1. In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat 1/2 cup butter and the brown sugar until well blended. Add eggs and beat until smooth. In a small bowl, stir baking soda in 1 tablespoon hot water until dissolved; beat into butter mixture.
- 2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and salt. Add to butter mixture, stir to mix, then beat until well blended. Stir in pecans and citron.
- 3. Divide dough in half and shape each portion into a log about 11 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap logs separately in waxed paper and freeze until firm enough to slice, at least 1 hour.
- 4. Unwrap dough. Cut logs crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and place about 1 inch apart on buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.
- 5. Bake cookies in a 350° regular or convection oven until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes; if baking two sheets at once in one oven, switch their positions halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then use a wide spatula to transfer to racks to cool completely.
- Nutritional analysis per cookie.
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