Romanian Holiday Cookies

Recipe courtesy Blogger Mihaela Pesa Dascalu
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: 20 min
Cook: 15 min
 
YIELD: about 4 dozen, 1 1/2-inch cookies.
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
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Directions

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.

In a heavy duty mixer, beat lard until softened. Add the egg, vanilla, and dry ingredients all at once. Mix on low speed until a thick dough forms. Cook's Note: Dough can be piped into flowers, shaped using a cookie press, or rolled into 1-inch balls.

Place a piece of walnut or Turkish delight in the middle of each cookie and press a little.

Line the cookies on a baking sheet (ungreased, or lined with parchment paper), leaving a 1-inch space in between. Bake in the preheated oven 15 minutes, or until slightly browned around the edges. Remove from oven, allow to cool and dust with powdered sugar.

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