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 Lady Baltimore Cookies  Recipe


 Lady Baltimore Cookies
Posted by: Sass Wed 9 Nov 2005 4:38 pm
Inspired by the elaborate South Carolina cake made famous in Owen Wisters 1906 novel, "Lady Baltimore," these delicate cookies are pure gems. It was one of dozens created for a tour of the nation in cookies for Christmas Cookies Magazine.
Prep: 45 min. Marinating: 1 hour Baking: 10 min.
 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups all-purpose flour or wholewheat pastry flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
1 teaspoon almond extract
Lady Baltimore Frosting*

 

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375.
Beat the shortening and butter in a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds until softened. Add half of the flour; beat in the sugar, milk, lemon peel, and almond extract. Beat in rest of flour till thoroughly combined. Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in a 375 oven for about 10 minutes just until lightly brown. Remove cookies with a spatula and cool on wire racks. Frost with Lady Baltimore Frosting.

Makes about 48.

* Lady Baltimore Frosting: Chop 4 dried black figs and 1/3 cup raisins; place in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons brandy or rum. Let sit at least an hour. Place 2 egg whites, 1/2 cup sugar, pinch salt, and 1/4 cup light-colored corn syrup into the top of a double boiler over gently simmering water. Beat with an electric mixer on high for 7 minutes till soft peaks form. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla and continue to beat till spreading consistency. Stir in reserved fruits and 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

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