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Monday, December 19, 2011


today was the day to finish my cookie baking - two more to make and i do not think i would have dome it with out help.
I had help Friday, but today i had 2 to help.



Koulourakia and my own style of Kourambiethes.
light and airy was the result.



My friend Irene, is very experienced in the kitchen, but with Indian food.  Her daughter was very good as well and i could not have done this with out them

the recipe is as follows...


(Joe's version)

1 cup whipped butter

1/3 cup raw sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon TANG

1 teaspoon orange peel (candied is okay) or zest

1 teaspoon anise flavor

1 teaspoon water

4 cups flour

1 1/2 cup pecans

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Beat the butter 30 seconds then add sugar and TANG and beat till fluffy.

Add zest or peel, nuts, orange and anise flavor and water.

Continue to beat until the mixture begins to  “ball” into clumps. (Sometimes I need to add more flour)

You may shape the cookie, keep in balls or “squash down”.  Your choice

Roll into balls and place on a baking tray and cook for 20 minutes at 350º F.

The cookies will have the edges just brown.

They must cool before removing from tray (but not cold).

Place on tray and cover with powdered sugar.
Eat at room temperature.
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