Eggnog Tradition

Eggnog Tradition

The Eggnog Tradition The American drink, eggnog, comes from a long line of English ancestors – custard posset, syllabub, one yard of flannel, and auld man’s milk, to name a few. Until about 1870, it was served on many occasions, including Independence and Election Days. Although good at any season, it is now the traditional […]

Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookies

Ingredients 1 cup shortening 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Dash of salt 1 teaspoon almond extract 2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour   Method Cream shortening, add in sugar gradually.  Add egg, unbeaten; beat well. Add sifted dry ingredients, and extract. Fill a Mirro cooky press. Form cookies on ungreased cookie […]

German Christmas Cookies

German Christmas Cookies

Mertizan Cookies Ingredients 1 pound of sweet almonds 1/2 pound of almond paste 1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar 2 egg whites Method Blanch the almonds and dry overnight. The next morning, grind them very find and mix in the almond paste. Sift the powdered sugar over them. Mix and knead to a stiff paste with […]

Walnut Penuche

Walnut Penuche

Ingredients 2 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar Pinch of salt 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 3/4 cup milk 2 teaspoons vanilla Whole walnut meats   Method Combine sugar, salt, corn syrup, butter, and milk in a deep saucepan. Place over low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. […]

Plum Pudding

Plum Pudding

Ingredients 3 cups soft, coarse bread crumbs 1 cup warm milk 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine 1 cup sweet orange marmalade 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cloves 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup mixed, diced candied fruits and peels  Method Grease a 1-quart […]

Chocolate Halfway Cookies

Chocolate Halfway Cookies

Ingredients Sift Together: 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda Cream Together: 1 cup shortening 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon water 1 large package (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips 3 egg whites 1 […]

Spice Drops

Spice Drops

Ingredients 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/4 teaspoon mace 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons ground cardamom seed 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1/2 teaspoon oil of anise 2 1/2 cups very fine granulated sugar […]

Reindeer Cookies

Reindeer Cookies

Ingredients 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar 1 cup butter or margarine 1 cups molasses 1/2 teaspoon vinegar   Confectioners’ Icing – white, red, and green Multicolored sprinkles Red cinnamon candies, silver dragees  Method Sift together the […]

Berlinerkranser

Berlinerkranser

Norwegian Butter Cookies Ingredients 1 1/2 cups soft shortening (half butter or margarine) 1 cup of sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons grated orange peel 3 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 egg white, unbeaten Red and green decorating sugar Red cinnamon candies Red candied cherries, cut into pieces Citron, cut in strips Method In a […]

Wassail

Wassail

Ingredients 1-gallon apple cider 2 teaspoons whole allspice 2 teaspoons whole cloves 2 3-inch sticks cinnamon 2/3 cup sugar Orange slices studded with cloves Some cranberry juice and rum Method Heat cider, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and sugar to boiling, reducing heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Strain punch and pour into a heat-proof punch bowl. […]

Hot Cinnamon Cider

Hot Cinnamon Cider

Ingredients 3 quarts apple cider 1 tablespoon whole allspice 1/3 cup red cinnamon candy 3 tablespoons honey Method Heat cider, cinnamon, candies, and allspice to boiling. Reduce heat. Cove and simmer five minutes. Remove allspice, stir in honey.   Serves 24, 1/2 cup each. 

Dark Christmas Cake

Dark Christmas Cake

Ingredients 1 pound butter 2 cups sugar (1 white and 1 brown) 1/2 cup molasses 1 orange rind, juice, and pulp 1 teaspoon lemon extract or 1 lemon 12 eggs 1 cup milk or brandy 3 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cloves 1 1/2 teaspoons […]