Saturday, February 18, 2012

St. Joseph's Table Preparation 2012--Day 1

Orange Lemon Cookies
1/4 of the recipe was specially decorated for friends
10 c. flour
9 eggs
1 lb. butter
2 1/2 c. sugar
7 tsp. baking powder
zest and juice of one orange
zest and juice of one lemon
1/2 c. milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. (Note: this barely fits in a standard home mixer, recipe may be halved.) Cream the butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time, mix well. Add milk, zest and juice from the orange and lemon. Mix in flour and baking powder. Roll the thickness of a breakfast sausage and cut into 1 1/2" long pieces on a diagonal. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 6-9 minutes, until just done, a very light brown color (watch closely). Recipe makes ~200 cookies.

Frost with a mixture of powdered sugar and lemon juice (thickness to taste). Dip cooled cookies into frosting (and optionally sprinkle with colored candies).

Fig Cakes

Hubby helped by mincing the following ingredients for the inside of fig cakes (cookies). We did this by hand in an effort to save money by not purchasing a meat grinder.
The recipe below is meant to go in the cookies listed in tomorrow's post, however noticed it would work in the "forever" items made for the table above.  These are not suppose to be eaten, rather used year, after year for the St. Joseph's Table.

20-24 oz. dried figs
10 oz. diced dates
1 orange
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla
1 c. pecans

Grind (or chop very finely, over and over again) figs, dates and pecans. Place in a large mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix. Cover and let stand until needed.
(fig cake 'cookie' recipe continued tomorrow).

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