Danish Knots (Kringler) Light Flaky Baked Whipped Cream Cookies
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- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 cup firm butter (do not use margarine)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
- crushed loaf sugar, for sprinkling (or granulated sugar)
- Sift flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a bowl. Cut in butter until particles are the size of rice kernels. (I allow butter to slightly soften at room temperature while I gather my ingredients to make cutting it into the flour easier, but it should still be mostly firm).
- In a separate bowl, whip heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. (Whip it until it is the consistency of whipped cream used for topping a slice of pie).
- Mix in cream with a fork and knead lightly with fingertips until mixture makes a ball.
- Roll a fourth of the dough at a time into a 6 by 4 inch rectangle. Sprinkle crushed loaf sugar over the dough, pressing in lightly. (I use granulated sugar instead of loaf sugar.) Cut into 6 by ¼ inch strips. Form into figure eights or loose knots to resemble pretzels. Place on ungreased parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. (Note: when making pretzel shapes, press the dough down where the strips overlap to make the same thickness as the sides of the cookie for even baking. Otherwise, the sides will cook too quickly leaving the thicker layered of dough still raw).
- Bake at 400F degrees about 12 minutes or until lightly golden. (Because oven temperatures vary, I bake mine for 16 minutes to achieve lightly golden color all over. Watch closely for they burn easily.) Store in an airtight cookie tin at room temperature.
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<p>My grandfather did not speak or read a word of English when he moved to America from China at eleven years old. With a lot of hard work, he proudly became an US citizen and began his own Cantonese restaurant in Kingston, NY, from the ground up. He is not a trained chef but has a natural gift for combining unexpected flavors and ingredients into the most delicious dishes. Although the food on the menu is the absolute best Chinese food in the country, the really out-of-this-world dishes are the ones that he serves his family in the back of the restaurant. He doesn't read cookbooks or write down any of his recipes; all his creations are original. Growing up, I spent every summer with him eating these foods. Every morning, we would pick fresh vegetables from his garden that he would use to make the noon and evening meals with. He stuffed garden zucchini the size of my arm (of course, my arm was smaller then) with fresh lobster and shrimp. This is just one example of a simple summertime lunch for him. Without a doubt, his cooking is the greatest influence on my tastes in foods and my own recipes.</p>