Thanks for the compliment, but I’m afraid I’d lose in a cookoff against Zenster.
These two simple cookie recipes are basically childhood memories. I will forever associate the two flavors with my mother and my family. Everyone seems to like the orange crisps, which make nice tea cookies.
Orange Nut Crisps
½ Cup granulated sugar
1/3 Cup butter
1 Cup sifted flour
1 Egg, separated
¼ Pound (about 1 cup) chopped walnuts
Grated rind of 1 orange
Grated rind of 1 lemon
1 Tsp orange juice (delete for crisper cookies)
In a mixer, cream sugar and butter together very well. Work in flour, orange rind, lemon rind, orange juice and egg yolk. Work this all together thoroughly with hands or with mixer dough hook. Make into 24 small balls (fewer if larger cookies are desired). Roll each in slightly beaten egg white, then in chopped nuts. Place on greased sheet and flatten out with a fork to about a quarter of an inch thickness. Bake in moderate oven, 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Almond Balls (a variation of Mexican wedding cakes)
1 Cup butter
¾ Cup powdered sugar
2 Cups sifted flour
1 Cup ground almonds
1 Tsp vanilla
18 Candied cherries, halved
Additional powdered sugar
In a mixer, cream butter with sugar until fluffy. Add everything else except cherries and extra sugar. Mix well. Form into balls and press ½ cherry in center. Bake at 325 on ungreased sheet for 20-25 minutes. While hot, roll in powdered sugar. Be careful not to over-brown the bottoms. When done right, these are light and flavorful.
I grew up eating canned cranberries. My father wouldn’t touch the real thing and my mother just didn’t want to deal with it. My present spouse looked at me in horror when I bought the jellied stuff and promptly converted me with her own version below. Very simple, but so yummy:
1 Bag of large cranberries
Cinnamon to taste
Nutmeg to taste
Splash of cognac (optional, but recommended)
Finely chopped walnuts or pecans
Place all ingredients except nuts in a saucepan and follow directions on bag for cooking, but substitute orange juice for water. When cranberries are done, add chopped nuts. Serve warm or chilled.