Rolled: White Ammonia Cookies (Gruznikje or PfefferminzkŁake)

posted by Christina B 10-22-102 8:39 AM

from Mennonite Foods and Folkways from South Russia, by Norma Jost Voth:
White Ammonia Cookies (Gruznikje or PfefferminzkŁake)

2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening or butter
4 level teaspoons baking ammonia dissolved in 1 cup whipping cream
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon oil of peppermint
5 to 6 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Cream sugar and shortening. Dissolve ammonia in cream. Combine cream and milk. Add peppermint and salt to sugar mixture. Alternate sifted flour with liquid and beat until batter is very smooth.

Roll out small portions of dough to 1/2 inch thickness on floured board. Cut with round 2 1/2 inch cutter. Brush with a little water and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake on greased baking sheet at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Cookies should not brown on top. Cool.

Bakerís ammonia (ammonium carbonate) should be purchased only in small amounts as it evaporates quickly if not tightly contained.

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