This holiday season consider baking up a batch of Italian Honey Cookies or Nutmeg Loaf to have on hand when friends and neighbors come caroling.
These tasty treats also make a wonderful addition to homemade gift baskets.
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Italian Honey Cookie
To make the “Italian Honey Cookies” you will need the following ingredients;
Once you have all of your ingredients assembled it is time to start baking. Mix eggs, sugar, and oleo in a large bowl. Add flour to preceding mixture until it forms a pliable dough ball. Refrigerate for dough ball for 30 minutes. Take portions of the dough ball and roll to form several long ropelike pieces of dough. Cut ropelike pieces into ½ inch pieces and place them onto a lightly floured surface. The pieces should look like small balls.
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Next take a deep-fryer with vegetable oil in it. Heat the oil. Take the small dough balls and fry them until they turn a golden color. When the small dough balls turn golden, remove them and set them aside.
Then, in a frying pan add the honey and heat it until warm. Proceed by pouring the heated honey over the cookies. Sprinkle the honey-coated cookies with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
To make the “Nutmeg Loaf” you will need the following ingredients;
- ½ cup margarine, softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
Once you have your ingredients assembled it is time to start baking. In a mixing bowl, combine cream margarine and sugar. Add egg. Mix well with a hand mixer. Combine the flour, nutmeg, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
Pour into a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in a 350 Degree F oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center, comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire tack to cool completely. It will yield 1 loaf.
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