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1986 Winner: Sirups Kager (Danish Brown Spice Cookies)

Author/Submitted by: Julie K. Cook, of Chicago, Chicago Tribune annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest December 4, 1986
Servings: 60
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1  cup  Butter or margarine, softened
1  cup  Sugar
1  cup  Dark corn syrup
2  teaspoons  Cinnamon
1  teaspoon  Ground cloves
1/2  teaspoon  Baking soda, mixed with 1 teaspoon water
3 3/4  cups  Flour, up to 4 cups

1. Cream butter or margarine with sugar and corn syrup. Stir in cinnamon, cloves and baking soda mixture. Add flour a little at a time, mixing well after each addition until stiff dough forms. Cover dough and refrigerate until firm.

2. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters into reindeer or desired shapes. Or roll dough into logs about 1-inch in diameter and slice crosswise into 1-inch-thick rounds.

3. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets until lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Sirups kager, a Danish spice cookie "as brown as a reindeer," was a humble but coveted Christmas prize enjoyed by her grandfather in Denmark, writes our contest winner, Julie K. Cook, of Chicago.

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