Kathryn's Christmas Cookies

Kathryn's Note: The cookies are actually called wishing cookies from Sweden. You are supposed to place one in the center of your hand and press in the center with your other hand. If the cookie breaks into 3 pieces and you can eat all three without saying a word, you get to make a wish. These usually are star shaped and decorated with white icing swirled on them. I make decorators’ icing and decorate them.

3 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t ground cinnamon
3/4 t ground ginger
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1 C margarine or butter
1 1/2 C sugar
1 egg
2 T molasses
1 T water
1/2 t finely shredded orange or lemon peel
Lace Icing

Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. In a large mixer bowl beat margarine till softened. Add sugar and beat till fluffy. Add egg, molasses, water and peel; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating till well mixed. Cover and chill 2 hours or until easy to handle. On floured surface roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 375 degree oven about 8 minutes or till done. Remove and cool. With decorating bag and writing tip, pipe on a design with Lace Icing. Makes about 100.

Lace Icing:
Stir together 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and enough light cream or milk (about 2 tablespoons) to make icing of piping consistency.

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