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  • 4 c All-purpose flour
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1 c Butter
  • 1 Container (8-oz) sour cream
  • 2 Egg yolks (reserve the whites for the meringue filling below)
  • 1 tb Lemon juice
  • Confectioners sugar
  • 2 Egg whites; reserved from making the dough
  • 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1 c Walnuts; chopped fine
  • 2 1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 ts Salt


The Following recipes are from The Frugal Gourmet Celebrates Christmas, which is a beautiful book.
Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in the butter until grainy. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream; egg yolks and lemon juice. Blend the sour cream mixture into the flour mixture. Knead together to form a smooth dough. Place the dough on plastic wrap and pat it into a 6 x 8-inch rectangle. Wrap and refrigerate 2 hours, or overnight.
filling: Whip the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gradually whip in the sugar to form a meringue. Whip until the meringue holds soft peaks. Fold in the remaining ingredients. Dust a rolling pin and the counter with flour. Roll the chilled dough out into a thin (1/8-inch maximum) rectangle on the floured counter. Trim the edges so the rectangle measures 24 x 15-inches. Cut the dough into 3-inch squares and dust with confectioners' sugar. Place a rounded teaspoon of the filling in the center of each dough square. With a tiny bit of water, dampen two opposite corner. Fold the two opposite corners over each other and press the center together lightly. Place the cookies on a nonstick baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Posted to recipelu-digest Volume 01 Number 306 by on Nov 25, 1997