(1-1/2 sticks) sweet butter
Grated lemon rind
Spicy holiday cookies made with a rolling pin or wooden molds.
NOTE: When unsifted flour is called for, fluff up the flour in the
sack or container with a fork before measuring.
Preheat oven to 350~
Combine flour, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, mace and salt onto
Beat butter with sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy; beat
in egg and lemon rind. Stir in flour mixture, blending well.
Roll out dough, one half at a time, on a lightly floured surface to a
1/4-inch thickness. Use a floured speculatius or springerle rolling
pin (see note #2 below) and roll over dough only once, pressing
designs into dough to an 1/8 inch thickness. Cut cookies apart on
dividing lines. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on ungreased cookie
sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake in a 350~ oven for 15 minutes or until cookies are a light golden
Remove from cookie sheets to wire racks; cool completely.
NOTE 2: Instead of speculatius rolling pin, you can use speculatius
wooden molds which make larger cookies so the yield will be less.