Wishing Cookies

wishing cookies

Starting the beginning of December until about the 20th, my kitchen is a constant flurry of baking.  We make cookies of all kinds, breads, candies and lots of food gifts.  This recipes is one of our traditions.  When my children were small, I homeschooled them.  One of the things that we did was study different countries and their cultures.  When we were studying different countries we would always try some of the recipes of that country.  One year while we were studying Sweden, we read a story about Wishing cookies. This is a tradition at Christmas time.  These are very thin gingerbread type of cookies.  They are usually cut into stars or hearts and are not decorated other than maybe a light sprinkle of powdered sugar.  The tradition is that on Christmas eve, each person in the family picks a cookie and holds it in their palm.  They press in the center of the cookie and push until it breaks into pieces.  The number of pieces it breaks into, is the number of wishes the individual gets for the upcoming year.  Stars are my favorite shape because they break into the most pieces.  You have to roll these cookies very thin and really watch them in the oven so they don’t overcook.  You want them very crispy.  They are a mild ginger flavored cookie and it’s hard to just stop at one.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

3 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons molasses

Combine flour, soda, and spices.  Beat butter till soft and fluffy. Add sugar and beat till well mixed.  Add egg and molasses and 1 tablespoon water.  Beat well.  Slowly add flour until well mixed.  Cover and chill for about 2 hours.  Roll as thin as you can get them (usually about 1/4 inch).  Cut into desired shapes.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.  Remove from oven and cook on racks.  Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar if you choose.  Makes about 100 cookies depending on size.

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