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  • Double Star Cookies

    From Joan Bogdahn, Denver

    1 pound butter

    1 1/2 cups sugar

    1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    2 1/8 cups blanched almonds, ground fine, and a bit more

    4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    Currant or strawberry jelly

    Sugar for coating

    BEAT together the butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in the lemon rind, vanilla and nuts. Slowly beat in the flour. You may have to mix it in with your hands if it gets too stiff.

    CHILL several hours. Remove a section of the dough from refrigerator, keeping the rest cold. Shape into a ball. Roll out on a floured work surface. Turn over, cover with wax paper and roll out again, about 1/4 inch thick.

    HEAT oven to 350 degrees. Cut out an even number of cookies with star-shaped cookie cutter. Place on baking sheets (cookies can be close together). Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until just starting to brown. Cool.

    SPREAD half the cookies with jelly and top with the remaining half, making sandwiches. Dip each one in granulated sugar.

    YIELD: 5 dozen sandwich cookies.


  • Jean’s Sugar ’N’ Spice Cookies

    From Jean Newman, Mooresville

    3/4 cup shortening

    1 cup brown sugar

    1 egg

    4 tablespoons molasses

    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    3 teaspoons baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1 teaspoon ground ginger

    1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

    1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

    1/2 teaspoon ground star anise (see note)

    Granulated sugar

    PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees. Beat the shortening, sugar, egg and molasses until creamy. Stir the salt, soda and spices into the sifted flour. Beat into the shortening mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and chill.

    SHAPE into balls the size of walnuts. Dip the top of each cookie into granulated sugar and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle each cookie with a few drops of water.

    BAKE 10 to 12 minutes.

    NOTE: Grind the whole star anise in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder, then strain it to remove any woody bits.

    Yield: 4 dozen cookies.


  • Mocha Nut Butterballs

    From Jane Brown, Mooresville

    1 cup butter, softened

    1/2 cup granulated sugar

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    2 teaspoons instant coffee powder

    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

    1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    2 cups finely pecans or walnuts

    Confectioner’s sugar

    BEAT butter, sugar and vanilla until light. Beat in the coffee powder, cocoa, flour and salt. Stir in the nuts.

    SHAPE the dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.

    REMOVE from oven and cool. Roll in confectioner’s sugar. Let stand, then roll in confectioner’s sugar again before storing in an airtight container.

    Yield: About 6 dozen cookies.



Three of the winning recipes in our Family Holiday Cookie baking contest were printed with errors. Here are the corrected versions for your collection. Kathleen Purvis

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