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German great grandmother's rock hard cookies


Breaux Bridge, United States
 over 11 years ago

Many long years ago my German Greatgrandma made a wonderful anise flavored cookie. It was hard as a rock, very light colored and did not have anise seeds in it. It did have uncolored citron in it, and
I don't remember any other flavors but the anise coming thru. I've search all over the internet for something similar, but haven't found anything. They either have to many spices or are way to soft. Any ideas? I've about reached the I'll figure it out by experimenting stage.


Peanut Patty
Ola, United States
 over 11 years ago


1 1/4 lb. dark brown sugar

3 oz. butter or margarine

1/8 c. molasses

1 tsp. soda

1 orange rind, grated and


3 eggs

2 Tbsp. cinnamon

1 Tbsp. ginger

1 Tbsp. nutmeg

1 Tbsp. cloves

6 drops oil of anise

5 c. flour (approximately)

Mix together; roll into ball size. Bake at 350 degrees for 10
minutes (if you want hard cookies, bake longer).

Breaux Bridge, United States
 over 11 years ago

Thanks, but these are too spicy. I'm just going to have to fake it.

Peanut Patty
Ola, United States
 over 11 years ago

(German Cookies)
4 eggs (room temperature)
2 c. granulated sugar
rind of 1 lemon
3 c. flour, sifted
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. anise oil or 3 Tbsp.
anise seed

Beat eggs until lemon-colored and fluffy, at least 5
minutes. Add sugar gradually. Beat well. Add lemon rind and
anise oil. Mix well. Add sifted flour and baking powder
gradually, mixing well after each addition. Chill several
hours or overnight, if desired. Roll a small amount at a time,
about 1/4 inch thick on a floured board with a floured rolling
pin. Then use molded rolling pin or block. Cut. Put on
well-buttered baking sheet. Let stand overnight. Bake the
next morning in a 350 degrees oven until lightly brown, anywhere from
10 to 15 minutes. Remove from baking sheet onto racks. Cool
before storing.

Peanut Patty
Ola, United States
 over 11 years ago


3 eggs
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. warm water
1 box raisins
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. pecans, chopped coarsely
pinch of salt
vanilla to taste
1 tsp. soda

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, beaten slightly. Add
cinnamon, salt, vanilla and soda dissolved in water, mix well
with flour. Then add nuts and raisins. Mix well. Drop on
cookie sheet with teaspoon. Bake 12 minutes at 375 degrees.



2 c. sugar
1 c. honey
2 c. Crisco
6 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 box seedless raisins
1 bottle maraschino cherries
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 lb. butter
5 whole eggs
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1 large pkg. nutmeats

Mix all ingredients; bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.



1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. chopped figs, raisins or
1 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 c. sour milk
2 c. cake flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. shortening
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. chopped nuts
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 tsp. cloves

Cream shortening and sugar; add eggs. Beat well. Sift
flour, then add rolled oats. Add alternately with milk, then
add nuts and fruit; mix thoroughly. Drop by teaspoon onto
well oiled sheet. Bake in moderate oven at 375 degrees about 12



1 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
3 eggs
1 tsp. soda
2 Tbsp. hot water
3 c. flour
1 lb. chopped pecans
1 lb. golden raisins
1 lb. chopped dates
1 c. green and red candied
1/2 tsp. salt

Dissolve soda in hot water. Cream sugar and butter.
Add eggs. Roll chopped dates, raisins and nuts in flour. Mix
all ingredients together. Stir well. Drop with teaspoon on
buttered pans and bake in moderate oven (375 degrees) about 15 min-
utes. Cookies improve with age. In doubling recipe, use 5



1 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 broken egg yolk
2 c. cake flour, sifted
12 oz. Hershey chocolate bar
1/2 to 1 c. blanched slivered

Cream butter and add sugars and vanilla. Add egg yolk
and flour. Mix well and spread on a jelly roll pan. Press
into all corners and cover pan evenly. Bake 15 minutes at
350 degrees. Melt chocolate in double boiler and after dough has
cooled for a few minutes, spread with chocolate and sprinkle
with almonds. Cut into bars while still warm. Makes 2 to 3

Springfield, United States
 over 1 year ago

I don't know if you're still looking for this recipe, but you might be looking for what my German grandmother called "fremasons". They have no eggs, shortening or butter and are quite hard. I've never made them, but here's the recipe as recorded by my aunt:
1.5 pints boiling water
3 lb. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. lemon extract
1/2 tsp. anise oil
1/2 lb. chopped citron
1/2 lb. almonds, chopped
3 lb. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
Dissolve sugar in boiling water. Add all ingredients, flour and baking soda last, mixing well. After dough cools slightly, stir 2 times for 1 hour. Let stand overnight. Drop by tsp. on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Remove while hot (to avoid sticking to pan). Yield: 10-12 dozen.