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Amish Christmas Biscuits

This is an old Pennsylvania recipe passed down through Lovina's family.  This recipe is large, makes about 16 dozen "biscuit cookies" so adjust recipe accordingly.  This is sweet cross between a biscuit and cookie and has traditionally just been served around Christmas and New Year's.



8 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups butter

2 1 /4 cups sugar

4 eggs, well beaten

1 cup thick sour cream

Sift flour and baking soda together. Set aside.  Cream the butter until softened. Add the sugar gradually, creaming until fluffy.  Add the eggs in thirds, beating well after each addition.  Alternately add the dry ingredients in fourths and the sour cream in thirds to the creamed mixture, mixing until blended after each addition. Chill dough overnight.  Using a small amount of dough at a time, roll out dough about 1 /2 in thick on floured surface and cut into 2 inch rounds. Immediately transfer to cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes.  Makes about 16 dozen cookies.

Large Quantities

This reminds me of a cookbook which made the rounds with my mother & her friends, either during or just after WWII.   It was the Red Cross cookbook, & included recipes for feeding large groups of people during disasters.  All of us, with our small 'depression style' families used to love reading the resulting quantities.  At the end of each one would be a notation of how many it would serve-----for example, serves 40.  But people who did church suppers & such, found it useful. 

Fun to read, although I was just at the stage of making jello or pudding------or [maybe later?] squeezing a plastic bag of white margarine until the orange button of color mixed thoroughly to make it yellow----or at least, not have too many orange/white streaks.  This was a chore moms gave kids when they were being pestiferous, as it took a LONG time. 

Of course, the little bag of flour I purchase now would not even measure 8 cups.  I keep it, covered with a plastic bag, in the freezer, so it will be there & still usable when I need a bit.  CS

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