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Lebkuchen
(Germany)
Submitted by: Sugie
1 cup honey
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup molasses
1 tablespoon shortening
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons cloves, ground
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 cup almonds
5 cups flour
Heat the honey, sugar, molasses and shortening in a saucepan over low heat. Allow to cool. Mix together the sour cream and baking soda. Allow to sit 15 minutes. Add to the honey mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until a dough forms. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll out 1/4-inch thick. Cut into medium circles. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Cool and dust with powdered sugar (optional). Yields 4-5 dozen.  Enjoy these spice cookies with hot tea.

Christmas Cookies
(Sweden)
Submitted by: Sugie
8 ounces butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 egg white
2 ounces almonds, chopped
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the yolks and extract. Blend well. Sift the flour. Slowly add to the mixture until a dough from. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each into a 2-foot rope. Cut each into 2-inch pieces. Place on cookie sheets. Brush with the egg white. Dust each cookie with the walnuts and a little sugar. Bake for 10 minutes (or until lightly brown). Cool before serving. Yields 5-6 dozen.

Brandy Snaps
(England)
Submitted by: Sugie
1/3 cup dark karo syrup
4 ounces butter
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground
1 tablespoon brandy
Add the syrup, butter and sugar to a saucepan. Heat until the butter melts. Remove from the heat. Slowly add in the flour, ginger and brandy. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and lightly grease. Drop teaspoons of the batter on the foil (only 6 at a time). Bake for 9-10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes. Invert the cookies onto another sheet pan. Roll into a cone using the handle of a wooden spoon. Place on a rack to cool. Yiels 2-3 dozen.
Note: Be sure to roll these cookies quickly before they harden.

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