Saint Nicholas Cookies

Saint Nicholas Cookies "Speculaas Koekjes" is Dutch for Spice Cookies Ingredients 2 cups brown sugar 1 ½ cups butter or hard margarine 3 ½–4+ cups flour 1 egg, beaten 1 tsp salt, scant 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¾ teaspoon cloves ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon allspice ½ teaspoon ginger Directions Cream butter and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix, adding enough flour to form a very stiff dough. Refrigerate dough, covered, several hours. Preheat oven to 350°F Lightly grease several cookie sheets. Remove 1/4 of the dough at a time from the refrigerator. With hand, roll dough into 1 inch balls and flatten to about 1/4 inch thick, press with a cookie stamp.

Yule Kaka Tea Ring (Swedish Christmas Bread)

Yule Kaka Tea Ring (Swedish Christmas Bread) Ingredients: 1 envelope active dry yeast 1/4 cup warm water, 105-115 degrees 1 cup milk, scalded 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened 2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/2 cup cool water 1 egg 1 cup mixed candied fruit 1 cup golden raisins 6 - 6 1/2 cup all-purpose flour Filling: 4 Tablespoon softened butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 4 teaspoon cinnamon Basic Glaze: 1 cup powered sugar 2+ Tablespoon milk 1/8 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract Directions: 1. Sprinkle yeast over warm water in measuring cup. Let stand until foamy, about 3 minutes. 2. Combine hot milk, sugar, butter, salt and cardamom in large bowl. Add

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