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Grandma Masha's Round Cookies- Nicky Pilardi's grandmother Recipe

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This recipe for Grandma Masha's Round Cookies- Nicky Pilardi's grandmother, by , is from The Clark Family Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Squiggy Casile
Added: Tuesday, February 6, 2007


For Cookies:
1 doz. eggs- keep 3 egg whites
1/2 lb. of butter or 3/4 lb. butter
1/2 lb. of cisco 1/4 lb. crisco
1 2/3 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
3 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
6 c. flour

For icing:
3 egg whites
1 lb. confectioners sugar
1 t. lemon flavoring

Melt and cool the butter and crisco together.

Beat eggs. Can use mixer or by hand
Add cooled shortwening/ butter mixture
Then, sift in dry ingredients ( I don't usually use a sifter)
Knead until a smooth, easily held dough. It looks like pie crust.

Break a small piece off. Roll between your hands like a pencil. Cut off 2" Wrap around your index finger an press lightly until it closes. It will look like a knot.
Repeat and repeat and repeat until the dough finally is gone. It will seem like forever!!!

Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 until golden brown.

For icing:
Beat egg whites with an electric mixer
When they are foamy, add the sugar and lemon flavoring
You can add food coloring to the icing for the desired color
Ice cooled cookies.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
For dough- 20 minutes, To make cookies- a long time( 1-2 hours), Baking- 10 - 25 minutes
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
For dough- 20 minutes; To make cookies- ( a very long time)- about 1-2 hours; To bake- 10-15 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Remember those old Italian ladies were always home cooking and baking for the family. This amount of time was a breeze for them. These cookies are worth the time and effort.

By the way, these are one of your mom and my favorites-- that is if I would eat a cookie!!
Love, Squig




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