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Leslie & Eric’s Ancestry Celebration with Cookies
December 24, 2022
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Reports from DNA sites show the countries of our ancestry.  Some of the DNA amounts are as little as 0.02%, but I decided to explore them all, and what better way at Christmas, than with small batches of cookies!

 

Scottish Shortbread

https://www.christinascucina.com/how-to-make-shortbread/

Note:  This is an excellent recipe for a well-prepared shortbread mold

 

Finnish Cardamom Cookies

https://www.food.com/recipe/finnish-cardamom-cookies-369337

Note:  These have a great taste of cardamom

 

Swedish Kolakakor (Salted Caramel Cookies)

https://hannaekelund.com/14925-2/

Note:  I used a pizza wheel to cut these into diamonds.  Totally addictive cookies!

 

Danish Pebernødder

https://adamantkitchen.com/danish-pebernodder/ 

Note:  Tiny little cookies that have a little kick of pepper as a finishing note    

 

Kichlach (Yiddish for cookies)

https://reformjudaism.org/reform-jewish-life/food-recipes/kichlach-cookies

Note:  These are eggy and plain – next time Chocolate Rugelach (a riff on a Zoë Bakes recipe)

 

Pfeffernusse (German)

https://platedcravings.com/pfeffernusse/

Note:  The icing makes these look snow covered

 

Mincemeat Pinwheels (British)

https://some1inthekitchen.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/mincemeat-pinwheel-cookies/ 

Note: Not sure about mincemeat? These puff pastry-based cookies are a different, lighter taste of mincemeat

 

Irish Lace Cookies

https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cookies/irish-lace-cookies-with-cream-filling.html

Note: Some rolled, some not, some filled, some plain – all of them yummy!

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