Mrs. Claus' Cookbook - Taralle


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From the kitchen of Cynthia Hayes

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Recipe Details

Bake Time:
10 minutes
Tags: Good for parties/potlucks, Kid friendly


3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup Crisco, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
3 rounded teaspoon baking powder
For icing: 1 package confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Beat eggs well; add sugar and milk gradually.

  3. Add Crisco and vanilla, beating well.

  4. Sift flour and baking powder together in separate bowl.

  5. Add flour mixture 1 cup at a time to liquid mixture, beating until mixed after each addition.

  6. Dough will be stiff and sticky.

  7. Flour your work surface and hands well.

  8. Take small amount of dough (1 Tablespoon) and roll on the floured work surface with your hands to form a snake about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in diameter. Form snake into various shapes.

  9. Bake until lightly browned (about 10 minutes). Let cool completely.

For Icing:

  1. Add vanilla and warm milk, a few spoons at a time, to the confectioner's sugar and stir until the icing is about the consistency of cold maple syrup.

  2. Dip the top of each cookie in the icing and set down on paper (preferably brown paper bags, otherwise wax paper will do). Immediately sprinkle with colored non-perils candies.

  3. Let dry overnight before putting in plastic container or cookie tins for storage (to avoid retaining added moisture).


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