Christmas Cookie / Cookies Puffs

"I have had this cookie recipe for a long time, I think it came from Better Homes magazine...delicate and tender."
photo by Tinkerbell photo by Tinkerbell
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Ready In:
24-1 inch size balls




  • 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.

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  1. Tinkerbell
    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.
  2. MarkandMargie
    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.



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