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1991 2nd Place: Oma's Almond Cookies

Author/Submitted by: Judy M. Drux of Dyer, Indiana, Chicago Tribune fourth annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest December 5, 1991
Servings: 120
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

Ingredients:
2  cups  Butter, softened
2  cups  Sugar
2    Eggs
1    Lemon, grated rind and juice
4  cups  All-purpose flour
1  teaspoon  Baking powder
1  pinch  Salt
1/2  pound  Almonds, finely ground or grated
    Colored sugars for garnish, optional
   

Directions:
1. Cream butter and sugar in large mixer bowl of electric mixer. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in lemon rind and juice. Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture and ground almonds into butter mixture to make a soft dough. Divide dough into quarters. Refrigerate dough, wrapped in wax paper, until firm, at least 8 hours or overnight.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have ungreased baking sheets ready.

3. Roll out one dough portion on lightly floured pastry cloth with a rolling pin covered with stocking or roll between sheets of lightly floured wax paper to 1/8 -inch thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters. Return dough to refrigerator if it gets too soft. Transfer to baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between each cookie. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.

4. Bake until very light brown at edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Store in a covered tin.

This second-place winner, from Judy M. Drux of Dyer, Indiana, makes very thin, crisp, delicate cookies. The dough keeps well in the refrigerator if well-wrapped. This cookie was a tribute to her husband's grandmother, Antonia Drux, who emigrated to this country from Germany in 1923. (Oma means "grandma" in German.) The recipe has been passed down as just a list of ingredients. Drux added a few hints to help make baking them easier for future cooks.


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