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Murbteig Pastry

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Finished photoMurbteig cookies  were one of my favorite Christmas cookies made by my mother. The basic pastry is German or Viennese depending upon what book you are reading.  It is extremely easy to put together. Mother made this in a mixer but I find it easier in the food processor. Both versions are included.

In addition to these cookies, Murbteig has many applications in the pastry world.  In my book, “The New Pastry Cook”, I devoted a chapter and many more recipes to this marvelous pastry.

I still remember my mother rolling out gobs of these cookies every year. We also had Murbteig cookies at Easter which I suppose explains the chicken. The basic cookie was always made with a set of cutters in the shape of the four suits of cards. I still have the small cutters that came from Penny’s for twenty nine cents. Box of cuttersShe also included a small little chicken. I have no idea why the chicken or the card cutters but they are a dainty cookie and look just beautiful on a cookie tray. Continue reading

Chocolate Dipped Sweet and Salty Butter Cookies

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Finished Photo 2These Chocolate Dipped Sweet and Salty Butter Cookies are one of the simplest cookies to be found.  However, they are addictive in their simplicity.

Normally, I roll the cookie dough into logs and then cut them about 1/4 inch thick.  After cutting, I dip the tops in coarse sanding sugar, then pop them into the oven.  The sugar adds a nice crunch and they glisten on a tray.  However, these can also be rolled out and cut with cookie cutters.  I have done it both ways depending upon my needs.  It is easiest to roll between two pieces of waxed paper.

Recently, I glazed these cookies in chocolate then sprinkled them with a mixture of sanding sugar and sea salt.  Truly does bring them to another level.  The amount of salt is determined by taste and the salt you use, which is why I told  you which one I used.  I have given you measurements for the sugar and salt, but I encourage you to add the salt a little at a time and taste as you go.  You may prefer more or less and there is no right or wrong.   With these cookies, you taste the cookie and the aftertaste is the salt, which is what I prefer.

However you decide to make them, they will be a great addition to any cookie collection. Continue reading