Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Stamped Cookies - Lemon Mace Rounds

Cold days are perfect for turning on the oven and baking.
So bake I did.

I wanted to show you how I make my stamped cookies.
You may use any smooth dough that you can drop by the spoonful, 
such as peanut butter, or soft sugar cookies.  
I mixed up a batch of Lemon Mace Rounds.  (recipe at the bottom of this post) 

You can find actual cookie stamps at kitchen specialty stores. 
Or 
you can do what I did:
Look around the house and find a glass or dish that has a cut or pressed pattern.


Butter the bottom of the glass pieces, getting butter into each little crevice.
Dip the buttered glass in a sugar mixture.
Then stamp each ball of dough with the buttered-sugared-glass. 
(Dip back into the sugar mix between each cookie.)

 Bake according to directions.
And Viola!


So pretty!
(I had trouble getting the pattern on the baked cookie to show with the camera flash,
but you get the idea.)




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Lemon Mace Rounds
(from Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies)

2 cups sifted all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon mace

2 eggs
2/3 cup salad oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon mace

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and 1/4 teaspoon mace together. Set aside.
Combine next 6 ingredients:  eggs, oil, sugars and lemon juice and peel.   Beat until thick.
Stir in dry ingredients.
Drop by spoonful about 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet.

Combine 1/4 cup sugar, nutmeg and mace.
Lightly butter bottom of glass.
Dip in sugar and spice mixture and press cookie flat.
Bake in 400 degree oven for about 8 minutes, until lightly browned.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.


Notes:
You may use nutmeg and mace, or just nutmeg.  
You may use just white and brown sugar or just white.
These are easy and delicious.
Super fun to make with your kids.

From Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies, 1972 edition.
We baked from this same cookbook when I was a kid, only it was the 1967 edition.
My sister has that original cookbook now, 
but copied down all the notes we wrote into the margins of our favorite recipes. 


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PS.
For anyone who is not familiar with mace, it's from the same plant as nutmeg.
And it's the flavor used in donuts. So if you like donuts, you like mace.




36 comments:

  1. Really beautiful cookies. I once had a collection of cookie stamps but gifted them to the mom/daughter that bought our last house since John is now diabetic.
    Thanks for this good looking recipe.
    Have a good night.

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    1. What a lovely way to welcome the new owners of your house. I'm sure the Mom and daughter have enjoyed using them.

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  2. The cookies sound good and the designs are very pretty-enjoy:@)

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  3. That's a clever idea for a cookie press! Yum! :)

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  4. I'll have to try this recipe and what a clever idea. I do a spool cookie -- where you press the top with a thread spool -- great for sewing gatherings!

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    1. What a sweet idea to use spools! Those would be perfect for a quilting or sewing group!

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  5. I think I have that cookbook....I'll have to look. The old recipes are the best, especially for baked goods! Enjoy your yummy cookies! Hugs!

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    1. I seem to recall that you posted something about this cookbook a while back. It's my all time favorite baking cookbook!

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  6. Well aren't you the clever one! Not only are they pretty - they sound delicious - I'll have to give those a try.

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    1. And I know you have a wonderful supply of pretty glass pieces that could be used to make your stamp!

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  7. I love to make stamp cookies. My recipe is more like a shortbread, so it would be fun to try your's for a change. YUMMY

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    1. I bet your stamped shortbread cookies are wonderful!

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  8. These cookies look really great! Enjoy ...

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    1. Carolien, I have enjoyed too many already. :-)

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  9. Your cookies sound and look delicious, Gayle. I do actually have some of the cookie stamps that my daughter gave me one year at Christmas time.

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    1. Thank you, Dianna. What a lovely gift from your daughter. I saw a shamrock cookie stamp in a little Irish shop the other day and thought about getting it.

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  10. Your cookies are so beautiful. I think they would be perfect with a cup of tea.

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    1. Yes, they are wonderful with a cup of tea. When you get to feeling better, this would be a fun activity for your little Josie.

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  11. oohhh i am going to have to try this they look fabulous and i love the idea of the pattern with the pressed glass :-) dee x

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    1. Delia, I hope you do try them. The designs come out pretty without too much fuss. It's so simple to just smash the cookies down. Therapeutic, in fact.

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  12. Now why didn't I think of that? What a brilliantly simple idea.

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    1. I love simple ideas, don't you? How i wish my Grandmothers were still alive. I"m sure they had lots of ways to "make do" with what they had.

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  13. What a great idea. Will try the recipe too as it looks so good. I like mace.

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    1. I like mace, too. Hope you give them a try!

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  14. The cookies look wonderful....like the idea of using a glass for the design.

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    1. I think this is a must-make-recipe for anyone who loves glass. :-)

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  15. I like the sound of these cookies, very mouthwatering and a must for me to make :)

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  16. They looks so yummy, what a great recipe. Love the pressed glass idea~!

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    1. It's more fun than playing with play-doh! ;-)

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  17. Those look great! Super idea using the bottom of a glass.

    M : )

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    1. Thanks, Melinda! The design possibilities are endless.

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  18. I love anything lemon and these look so pretty.

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THANK YOU for your thoughtful comments. Replies to your questions will be posted here, so be sure to check back soon. Have a wonderful day! - Gayle, Garden Of Daisies