Maire recipe for Great Grandma Barbara's German Christmas Cookies from a recipe that dates back to her over 100+ years. Total of 144 (a gross) cookies.
Ingredients, among other things, sorghum, candied citron, rose water, brown sugar, Crisco, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. The boiling liquid mixture that is poured over the flour is like a candy.
You have to work quickly to get the cookies formed and into the oven, once baked and cooled they are so hard that you cannot eat, dunk, or even break them.
Made right after Thanksgiving, they are sealed in a box with sliced apples. By Christmas, the cookies having absorbed the moisture from the apples (and some apple flavor) are ready to eat.
My kitchen tonight was filled with the spirits of Barbara (Gregory's Great Grandmother,) her daughter Verona (Gregory's Grandmother,) Helen (Gregory's mother,) and Gregory. A good time was had by all!