As you may know, I've been serving up The Gift of Thrift this holiday season by offering baked goods on thrift-store dishes that I've purchased for pennies on the dollar. What's more, my recipes come from vintage recipe books -- like this McCall's Cookie Collection that I found lying on the sidewalk in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Several of you have asked for those recipes, so here is my favorite for Cinnamon Stars at it appears in a chapter titled "Cookier Cookies for Goodier Giving."
Note, however, that even though this recipe is super-easy to achieve, it takes two days to complete since the dough has to refrigerate overnight.
2 egg whites
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup unblanched almonds, ground
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons water
1. In small bowl of electric mixer, let egg whites warm to room temperature -- about 1 hour.
2. With electric mixer at medium speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form when beater is raised.
3. Add 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar to egg mixture, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating after each addition. Continue to beat until mixture is very thick and glossy -- about 10 minutes.
4. In medium bowl, combine almonds with cinnamon. Stir in egg-white mixture; mix to combine well.
5. Refrigerate dough, covered, overnight.
6. Lightly sprinkle wooden board or pastry cloth with flour and granulated sugar. Roll out dough 1/2 at a time, 1/4 inch thick. (I worked with only 1/4 of the dough at a time because of my limited counter space.)
7. Use 3-inch cookie cutter to cut out stars. Place 1 inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheets.
8. Let cookies stand, uncovered, at room temperature, 2 hours.
9. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300F. In small bowl, combine confectioners sugar with 2 tablespoons water; mix until glaze is smooth.
10. Bake cookies 20 minutes. Brush tops with glaze and then cook 5 minutes longer. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.
Makes 2 1/2 Dozen
And here's what you should end up with! I'd never made these before, but they were a complete success on the first try and are among my new favorites.
What are your favorite holiday treats?
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter