Prep 10 mins
Cook 18 mins
I have had this cookie recipe for a long time, I think it came from Better Homes magazine...delicate and tender.
- 6 tablespoons white Crisco shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 hard-boiled eggs, yolks sieved
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated orange zest
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 2⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or 1⁄4 teaspoon mace
- 1⁄4 cup chopped almonds
- 1 egg white, slightly beaten
- granulated sugar, to roll balls into
- Boil the two whole eggs, cool and peel.
- Remove the yolks and press through a seive so it is fine ground.
- Eat the cooked whites for your lunch or snack--!
- Cream shortening and 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar.
- Add beaten egg yolk.
- Cream very well.
- Add the sieved egg yolks and blend.
- Add the orange zest and blend.
- Sift the dry ingredients and the other 1/2 cup of granulated sugar together.
- Cut the dry ingredients into the creamed ingredients.
- Add the almonds.
- Shape into walnut size balls.
- Dip into slightly frothy egg white.
- Roll into extra granulated sugar.
- Bake in preheated oven 350°F for 16- 18 minutes, until golden on bottoms.
- Can dredge in icing powder if desired.
I really wanted to love this recipe. I had hard cooked eggs to use up & did a search for recipes containing them. I was intrigued at the use of the hard cooked yolk in a cookie. I had the one fresh yolk ready to use but the instructions never tell you when to use it. I realized it just before adding the dry ingredients & mixed in the yolk after the orange zest. The dough was very difficult to work with. I used a small cookie scoop to measure but had to do the forming by hand as the dough was too dry & crumbly to keep it's shape. The egg white & sugar toppings created a shiny, sugary crust on the finished product. The cookie isn't really a puff in the way I'd expected. They're actually quite heavy and were only really good while still warm from the oven. After a couple hours they became extremely hard. Too hard to really enjoy anymore. We didn't mind the initial flavor. I used a very fragrant orange & the zest was very good but the rest of the cookie was a little bland. With the recipe as written, I probably wouldn't add them to my Christmas tray. Just too much work for the result. I'm sorry, andypandy. :( Thanks for sharing your unique recipe with us though! Made for BB tag.
Bad news!!! Something must be missing Mixing the ingredients give you a power that won't stick together. We added more butter, they at least stuck together to cook. Probably because of what's missing from the directions, there is minimal flavor.