Advent Cookies
Cuisine: Penn Dutch
Author: Kitchens
Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 33 mins
  • 7 ounces light brown sugar
  • 9 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 10 ounces butter; softened
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pound plain flour (approximately)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together, except for the flour. Add the flour slowly to the rest of the mixture until it reaches the right consistency to roll out. The dough should be quite soft. (You may find it easier to knead it with your hands.)
  3. Roll out on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4 inch and cut into decorative shapes with small cookie cutters, a sharp knife or the rim of a glass.
  4. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven while they are still soft and cool on a rack, then pack into crocks or jars.
  5. You may glaze and decorate the cookies at any time.
The author notes that the Pennsylvania Dutch settlers made these at Thanksgiving and stored them in a stoneware crock until Christmas.

The cookies can be made at any time, but allowed to age for 4-6 weeks.

They can be used as a substitute for graham crackers for a pie crust.

Shown here decorated for Christmas with glaze.
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