I had the opportunity to find out exactly what hartshorn does for a recipe, since I accidentally forgot to bring it with me to the beach, where I first tried this recipe. The results of that batch were okay--others liked them--but to me they were heavy and dull. When I returned home and could actually use the hartshorn I'd bought for this recipe: oh, wow!!! This recipe--plus the hartshorn--is a holy grail for me. The texture is substantial but has a light, clean, dry crunch that I now know is characteristic of hartshorn. Do go to the trouble of finding some for these cookies; it's definitely worth it!
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I had the opportunity to find out exactly what hartshorn does for a recipe, since I...