Swedish Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg separated
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 18 candied cherries, halved

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add orange rind, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt; beat thoroughly. Add flour, mixing well. Chill dough 2 hours.

Beat egg white slightly. Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls; dip each in egg white, and roll in walnuts. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets, and flatten slightly with bottom o f a glass dipped in flour. Place a cherry half in center of each cookie. Bake at 325° for 20 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Yield: about 3 dozen.


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