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I have a recipe that we found from my grandmother for a German (we think) New Year Cookie that has 4 eggs, 1 cup water, 2 cups cream, 3 cups sugar, cardamon seed, anise seed, and "enough flour to make a right thickness" in it. No butter or leavening agent in it. I don't know what the cookie was called other than New Year cookie (on her hand-written note). The cookie dough was evidently placed on a long-handled hand-forged cookie press that made one cookie at a time that was placed in a fire to bake. The press has a design in it along with the date of my great-grandparents wedding (his initials and date on one side, hers on the other side). Does anyone know what the cookie was called and maybe have a little more on how to make and bake it? I have looked on-line for it but haven't found anything like it yet.

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Last updated: Jan. 25, 2013 11:43 am
Posted: Jan. 24, 2013 2:41 pm
Answered by: Indiana Peggy
Jan. 24, 2013 2:57 pm
How special! You need to frame that recipe. Hope you find more information about it.
Jan. 24, 2013 3:41 pm
Sounds a little bit like a Goro Cookie. They are Norwegian. Only I'm pretty sure they have butter in them and no anise. I do know the cookie press is like the one you described. Hope this helps. Good luck!
Jan. 24, 2013 3:41 pm
My grandmother use to make Christmas cookies with similar ingredients, minus the anise and cardamon flavorings. She called hers Rosettes which are fried cookies. Now with the anise and cardamon it could also be a Pizzelle which is also similar. I would google images of both and see if either is close to what you remember. If you find what your looking for, there are recipes for both on the internet or you can contact me and I can give them to you. Good luck!
Answered by: Linda (LMT)
Jan. 24, 2013 3:32 pm
Sounds maybe like an antique or other countries version of a pizzelle press ??
Linda (LMT)
Jan. 24, 2013 3:39 pm
German/Swiss make a cookie in a press that is called a Brazeli but the recipes I see also call for butter.
Jan. 24, 2013 3:50 pm
Springerle is an anise flavored cookie made from the type of dough you mentioned. At one time they were probably baked in the cookie press over an open fire, but are now pressed and then baked in the oven. The cardamom may just have been an extra addition of a favorite spice to use. So many things lost or changed as time goes by.
Jan. 24, 2013 4:19 pm
Hi Mel. I'm not a baker so no recipe help. But for the name & wedding date imprint, you got me to thinking. See my post above. Don't know if you could stamp before & the design not disappear when baking. Have read that you can 'stamp' hot cookie so maybe can imprint the warm cookie & it hold. Hope this helps.
Jan. 24, 2013 4:27 pm I was thinking a Springerle press as well, there are many antique molds online that sound like your grandparents
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Jan. 24, 2013 4:58 pm
Jan. 24, 2013 7:21 pm
Sassyoldlady beat me to it, even the cardamom part :)
Jan. 25, 2013 12:27 am
Would you post the amounts of ingredients in the recipe? That sounds like one worth sharing! I'd love to make it, and see how it works! I have a pizzelle iron and a springerle rolling pin. Between those two things, I bet I'd be making some delicious cookies!
Answered by: Mel
Jan. 25, 2013 11:43 am
Hi sueb - I have two scraps of paper (one has a part of a November 1938 calendar on the reverse side) with almost the same information on each one. No amount was listed for the anise seed or the cardamon seed and there weren't any other directions on making the cookie other than on one of the papers there was a note to add "flour enough to make right thickness". They may even be two very similar but different cookies as one is 4 eggs, 1 cup water, 2 cups cream, 3 cups sugar, anise, cardamon and flour and the other is 4 eggs, 2 cups cream, 3 cups sugar, annis seed, cardamon seed, and flour enough to make right thickness. The difference is one has water and doesn't specify seed for the annis or the cardamon. One doesn't have a name and the other note has New Year Cookies at the top.
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