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Mandelplaettchen (Almond Wafers)

Makes 75 cookies.

Ingredients:Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking from AlansKitchen.com

  • 1 - cup soft butter
  • 1 - cup sugar
  • 2 - eggs
  • 1 - teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/8 - teaspoon salt
  • l/2 - cup blanched, shredded almonds
  • 1/4 - teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 - ounces sherry wine
  • 3 - cups sifted flour
  • 2 - tablespoons cream
  • 1 - egg yolk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease cookie sheets.

  1. Cream butter and sifted sugar, beat in eggs one at a time.  Add lemon rind, salt almonds, nutmeg, and sherry. 

  2. Sift flour and add with cream.  Stir in but do not beat for 15 minutes. 

  3. Chill overnight. Next day roll out very thin on floured board and cut in shapes.  Mix egg yolk with a little milk to thin, and brush tops of cookies.

  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Did You Know?
The Pennsylvania Dutch come mostly from what is now Germany rather than the Netherlands. Logically, their language too is ultimately a derivative of Palatinate German, not Dutch.

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