Sint Nikolaas Koekjes

Sharon Tyler Herbst says right up front on this Dutch recipe that before trying Sint Nikolaas Koekjes she did not care much for spice cookies, but that these won her over. Well. Imagine how much those of us who enjoy spice cookies love these!

The butter, sour cream and finely ground walnuts that make these cookies super-rich also make the dough a little difficult to handle. The results are worth the effort, however, of hand-rolling the dough into balls and flattening each with the bottom of a glass. Brushed with egg white, sprinkled with sugar, and laden with allspice, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, they are crisp and sweet and spicy. Saint Nicholas cookies in September… Yum!

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About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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