cookies are delicious plain, but are equally good iced or decorated
1 cup margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
a food processor or mixer, mix together margarine and sugar until
egg, sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla extract and grated lemon zest.
together flour, baking powder, spices and salt.
dry mixture to moist mixture, mix well and form dough.
dough in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour.
ready to bake preheat the oven to 375º F (190º C).
out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut cookies.
cookies on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 7 to
8 minutes or until golden.
- Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, than
transfer to wire rack.
|Did You Know?
nutmeg tree is important for two spices derived from the fruit, nutmeg
and mace. Nutmeg is the actual seed of the tree, roughly egg-shaped and
about 20 to 30 mm (0.8 to 1 in) long and 15 to 18 mm (0.6 to 0.7 in)
wide, and weighing between 5 and 10 g (0.2 and 0.4 oz) dried, while
mace is the dried "lacy" reddish covering or arillus of the seed. This
is the only tropical fruit that is the source of two different spices.
Several other commercial products are also produced from the trees,
including essential oils, extracted oleoresins, and nutmeg butter.
Nutmeg and mace have similar taste qualities, nutmeg having a slightly
sweeter and mace a more delicate flavour. Mace is often preferred in
light dishes for the bright orange, saffron-like hue it imparts. Nutmeg
is a tasty addition to cheese sauces and is best grated fresh (see
nutmeg grater). Nutmeg is a traditional ingredient in mulled cider,
mulled wine, and eggnog.
In Middle Eastern cuisine, nutmeg grounds are often used as a spice for
In European cuisine, nutmeg and mace are used especially in potato
dishes and in processed meat products; they are also used in soups,
sauces, and baked goods. In Dutch cuisine nutmeg is quite popular, it
is added to vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and string