Holiday Cookies

Today is National Cookie Day! There isn’t a Holiday Treat I love more than Christmas cookies! And I’m lucky enough to have married into an Italian family who make dozens and dozens of favorites!
Next weekend my sister in-law, her sister, and I will be doing our anual cookie bake. We have five recipies we are planning for this years batch. It’s so much fun to sip mimosas and bake together, especially in our small Chicago kitchens! Most of our recipes yield dozens and dozens of cookies, so our cooling racks spread into our dining rooms and offices, and our apartments always smell like heaven!
To celebrate with you, I wanted to share my husband’s favorite; “Nut Boats” from his Grandma Natoli!

Nut Boats

7 Cups of Flour
1/4 Cup of Sugar
2 Cakes of Yeast (mix yeast with 1/2 cup of warm water and 1 tsp of sugar)
1 Cup of warm Milk
1 lb of Margarine
6 Egg Yolks (save the whites)

6 Egg Whites
2 Cups of Sugar
1 lb of Ground Nuts

Sift together the flour and 1/4 cup of sugar. Cut in the margarine as you would for pie dough. Add the yolks, milk and Yeast Mixture to the dry ingredients.

Make small round balls and let rise. You can lay them on a cookie sheet and cover them with a towel.

Combine the filling ingredients in a small bowl. Press open the balls in a small ammount of sugar. Add a little filling and pinch together like a boat.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Makes 10 dozen! (Italian Style-go big)

Happy Cookie Day!


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