Now that the holiday season has started and I'm preparing to start my holiday baking, I thought I would start a thread where we can share our favorite golden age baking recipes from vintage cookbooks or recipes that have been passed down through the generations of your family. Let me start with this recipe from my Grandmother. These are a traditional Scottish cookie that she made for at least 50 years.
SCOTTISH EMPIRE BISCUITS
2 cups flour
1/4 pound butter (1 stick), room temperature
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Small jar cherry jelly or your favorite flavor
1 jar maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix egg, flour, butter, sugar and baking powder.
Knead to form a soft, smooth dough. Roll dough on a floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness.
Cut out circles with a floured cookie cutter (about 2 inches). Place cookies about 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake about 10 to 15 minutes or until cookies are slightly golden around the edges. Cool completely.
Spread the bottom of one cookie with about 1/2 teaspoon of cherry jelly. Place another cookie over the jelly. Spread cookie with icing. Place cherry halves in the center of each cookie.
To make the icing for the tops of the cookies:
Mix 2 pounds of confectioners sugar with 8 tablespoons of milk to spreading consistency.
Makes about 1 to 1 1/2 dozen. Recipe can be doubled.