My mother was a true Pennsylvania Dutch cook, especially when it came to baking. She always had a full cookie jar, just like Sarah’s mother in When Secrets Strike!
Here, for your enjoyment, is one of her favorite recipes:
This is a traditional Pennsylvania German cookie, perhaps the best known one with its light brown, crinkled top. A great favorite with children!
½ cup softened butter or margarine
¾ cup sugar
1 ¾ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon of salt
Mixture of 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon for rolling
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg and beat until fluffy. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Blend dry ingredients into the creamed mixture to make dough, adding more flour if needed.
Shape the dough into balls the size of unshelled walnuts. Roll cookie balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on greased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to cooling rack, cook, and enjoy! Makes about three dozen, depending on size.
Marta Perry’s lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led her to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than fifty inspirational romance novels, including the Pleasant Valley, Three Sisters, and Watcher in the Dark series, among others. She lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse.
Her latest novel is When Secrets Strike which released October 27th.
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