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Doreen Prei’s Christmas cookies

EPC-Doreen-001Doreen Prei, Edmonton Petroleum Club

“Christmas cookies mean a lot to me. My great grandmother always made lots — she has a special tin for everyone on Christmas Eve.

“I remember a chocolate cookie with the hazelnut inside and a straight-up butter cookie with almonds, like a shortbread — little buttery pillows shaped like a C, super soft and buttery. In deep East German times, she even made them with schmalz (chicken fat).

“My great grandmother died shortly before Christmas. My mother still makes these cookies to remember.”

My favourite childhood Christmas cookie

  • 200 g butter
  • 70 g sugar
  • 1 pkg vanilla sugar (available at K&K)
  • 150 g cornstarch
  • 150 g flour
  • 20 g cocoa powder
  • hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Make little balls and put a hazelnut in the middle. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden. After cooled down, garnish with icing sugar.

Oma Elsa’s Christmas cookies

  • 80 g butter
  • 100 g sugar
  • 250 g flour
  • 1 egg
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 t baking powder

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Make a dough and roll out thin.

Cut the cookies into any shape you like and brush with egg yolks. Put some coarse sugar on them and bake until slightly brown.

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