You don’t need an entire tray of cookies when you have nut rolls.
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I have to admit that I really didn’t pay much attention to what was bought but only that the flour and sugar came in huge sacks.
I remember discussions about the twenty-five pounds of flour (venticinque). Makes 8 dozen As a sheltered kid growing up in the fifties and early sixties, nothing could be more exotic than alcohol as an ingredient in a cookie.
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When I was organizing recipes for my mother-in-law, I discovered 17 recipes for nut roll, each just a little different from the others.
With the holidays approaching, I remember Mum discussing nut roll “this-and-that” in the lead-up to the actual baking…considering at one time to eliminate it from the list because it was so much work (gasp! Eventually, though, Mum succumbed to the inevitability of the nut roll’s appearance on a holiday cookie tray.
And some of the ingredients could be expensive as well as exotic…like dates…to me something very exotic but oh so delicious. Roll into 1/8-inch thickness on a board sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar. Mum included a note on this recipe that it was Rhonda’s favorite, but I’m afraid I’d have to arm-wrestle Rhonda for any last one of these on the tray. Wine Wreaths Cream until light: 1 cup oleo (butter is better) 2/3 cup sugar Add and beat well: 2 egg yolks Sift and add: 3 cups flour 3/4 teaspoon salt Alternating with: 1/4 cup Sicilian Gold (or Galiano) [maybe a heaping fourth cup] Force through star-shaped pastry tube to form into small rings; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of a sugar/cinnamon mixture or brush with egg white after baking then sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake in 375 degree oven for 6 to 10 minutes on ungreased sheets.
While these date cookies are a little labor-intensive, they are well worth the effort: Date Cream Cheese Roll-Ups 1 cup butter 1/2 pound cream cheese (8 ounces) 2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt Pitted dates Cream butter and cream cheese together. If you bake only the cookies from yesterday’s and today’s blog, you would have an impressive and pretty plate of cookies to share with anyone stopping by for some Christmas cheer.
I mean, what self-respecting baker didn’t make nut roll?
The alternating layers of pastry and nuts of a sliced nut roll is so hard to resist.
My personal preference is vanilla because I find maple flavoring overpowering.