Monday, December 12, 2011

grandma stuecken's speculatius cookies...

filled with ground almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves...
generations of yumminess...
Today is a special day. I will be sharing my absolute favorite of all time Christmas cookie recipe...my Grandmother Stuecken Specaltius Cookies. I do this in honor of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2011 hosted by the fabulous Julie of The Little Kitchen and the lovely Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil. Ladies...it has been a privilege to take part in this awesome event!


To take part in the event I was given three names of other food bloggers and I was required to send them a dozen of my favorite cookies. I chose my Grandmothers Specalatius. In return, I received three dozen cookies from three different food bloggers. 

I received these little treats in the mail...they were SPECTACULAR!!
The three cookies I received were (from left to right) Cranberry Rocky Road Cookies from Emma at Emma Clare Eats, Chocolate Snowballs from Jey at The Jey of Cooking, and Chocolate Milk Cookies from Kathia at Pink Little Cake. They were fantastic. All three dozen disappeared in a matter of hours. Thank you my fellow foodies for sharing your baking treasures with me. 

Today I am sharing a recipe that has been passed down in my mother's family for the last four generations. These cookies are traditionally made in time for St. Nicholas Day, December 6. This particular recipe makes about 20-25 dozen cookies. They are meant to be given away to neighbors and friends and back in the day they would hang on the Christmas tree by a ribbon as ornaments and the children would pick them off the tree. 

I have baked these cookies every year for as long as I can remember. My mother tells stories of her mother teaching her and her sisters to bake them. My Grandmother would tell stories of her mother making them and hanging them on the tree. I love traditions like these. The ones handed down from generation to generation. 

So head into the kitchen and enjoy baking with your family. You will make memories to last a lifetime. 

Happy Baking!
Mary
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this recipe makes dozens and dozens of cookies...
I said dozens didn't I...just checking...
Grandma Stuecken Speculatius
(recipe transcribed by Mary Lenaburg)

5 lb flour
3 lb sugar
2 lb butter (no margarine)
5 eggs
3/4 lb finely ground unblanched almonds
2 T baking powder
2 heaping tablespoons cinnamon
1 heaping tablespoon ground cloves
1 heaping tablespoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups whole milk

Mix together all ingredients with your hands in a large bowl or dish pan.  Mix very well.  Form into six balls.  Put on a platter, cover with a cloth and let stand overnight in the refrigerator.  Roll dough, one ball at a time in thin sheets and cut with cookie cutters.  Keep reserve balls in fridge until ready to roll.  Place cut out cookies on greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes until lightly browned on edges.  When cool store in airtight container.

Mary L. on Foodista

7 comments:

  1. Pretty sure this is why nobody will ever make them for me...5lbs of flour and 3 lbs of sugar! But, I kid you not, in my 30 years, this is the first time I've even seen the recipe!

    Last time I had them was Grandma and Grandpa's 50th anniversary in 2008 (they froze some from the family Christmas party)!

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  2. Krystyn,
    The dough will last up to six months in the freezer. I usually make up plates of the cookies and give them away to neighbors, my daughters teachers, staff at church, etc. They are so worth the effort. I just love them and all the memories they evoke. You could also gather your girlfriends and have a bake off sending them home with the cookies. Fun!

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  3. I don't have the patience to make 20 dozen cookies, but this recipe looks like it would be worth doing some math! I plan on making a smaller batch when time allows...YUM! Did I tell you I made your lemon, gingerbread trees last year? YUM again.

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  4. Ah common Betsy...20 dozen cookies...no sweat!! LOL! They are worth every nibble!!

    I love the gingerbread trees! So light and crisp. Yummo!!

    Merry Christmas!!

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  5. I've been the happy recipient of these cookies back on B Street in Little Creek! Yum!
    XO. Cza

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  6. Mary - thank you for these wonderful cookies. I ate them for breakfast several days. These are on my list to make. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!!

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  7. I am so glad you like the cookies. Happy Holidays!

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