Christmas Wreath Cookies


2 cups flour
2/3 cup butter or margarine
¾ cup sugar
1 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. baking powder
grated peel of ½ lemon
1 egg
rock sugar
¼ cup of shelled almonds


Knead flour, butter, sugar, baking powder, lemon peel and salt into a soft ball and
leave to stand for one hour.
Roll out sections of the dough on a floured board to 1/8 inch thickness and cut out circles with a 2½ inch tumbler.
Place cookies on a buttered baking sheet, then cut out the centre with a small round object such as a thimble. Remove these centres and use them to make more cookies.
Coat dough "wreaths" with beaten egg and sprinkle them with a mixture of rock sugar and blanched, chopped almonds.
Bake about 15 - 20 minutes in a 350° F. oven until golden brown.
Leave to cool until no longer soft. Remove and cool further on wire rack.

Pass gaily-coloured ribbons through the holes and hang them on the Christmas tree.

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