Holiday Goodies

Riestainis su vaisiais

4 cups flour
½ cup milk
1 oz. yeast
5 Tbsps. melted butter
4 eggs
½ cup sugar
1 cup dried currants
1 cup cut-up dried fruit
2 oz. butter for filling
Mix ½ of the flour with warm milk and add yeast mixed with a little of the sugar. Beat well, sprinkle one cup of flour over the top and put in a warm place to rise. Then roll out into a square, about one-finger thick. Spread the square with the 2 oz. of butter, beaten until white. Sprinkle with the dried currants and dried fruit. Fold the dough into an envelope and roll lightly. Then roll the dough up, and curve into a crescent. Put on buttered baking sheet, let rise again. Sprinkle with sugar crystals and bake in medium oven (about 350 ° ) for about 25 minutes. Lower temperature to 300 ° and bake for another 20-25 minutes.

Smėliniai sausainiai

2 cups flour
4 oz. butter or margarine
1 egg white
2 Tbsps. powdered sugar
To sprinkle on top:
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg
Put all dough ingredients into a bowl and knead them together. Then chill to set the dough. Roll out to a thickness of 1 / 8 inch and cut out various shapes of cookies. Brush top of each cookie with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake in a hot oven until golden. Remove from baking sheet when

slightly cooled, they will then be less brittle.


2 cups flour
½ cup honey
½ cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsps. butter
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. ginger
¼ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. cinnamon
Handful of poppy seeds for decorating
Sugar glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup milk
Mix together until very smooth In small saucepan, slowly heat together sugar and honey until sugar is dissolved; set aside. Sift together flour, spices and baking powder. In bowl of electric mixer, place honey mixture, add egg and mix well. Use dough hooks or mix in the dry ingredients by hand. Dough will be stiff. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls for mushroom caps and make matching stem-like short coils. Press caps down on one side to make them flat and place on slightly greased baking sheet. Press ends of stems flat also. Bake caps and stems at 350 ° for about 10 minutes. Cool. To attach stems to caps scoop out a small indentation the size of the stem top and glue stem into cap with glaze. Tops of mushrooms can be glazed lightly with the same glaze and sprinkled with poppy seeds.

Piaustyti sausainiai

6 eggs
1½ cup sugar
1 cup butter
7 cups flour
3 tsps. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts
½ tsp. ground cardamon
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time. Beat well. Sift in flour and baking powder. Add vanilla, cardamon and nuts. Divide dough into four sections. Shape each one into a roll about 2 inches in diameter. Bake about ½ hour in 400 ° oven. Remove from pan. While still warm, cut into ½ -inch slices. Reduce heat to 250 ° . Place slices on cookie sheet, continue baking until dry and light brown.

Cukraus sausainiai

1½ cups sugar
1 cup butter (or margarine)
2 eggs
1½ tsp. vanilla (or less)
3 cups flour
½ tsp. salt
3 Tbsps. dairy sour cream
½ tsp. baking soda
Additional sugar
Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Sift together flour and salt; set aside. Stir baking soda into sour cream. Alternately mix dry ingredients and creamed mixture, blending well after each addition. Chill dough. Roll dough onto floured board to 1 / 8 – ¼ inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter. Place on slightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 ° for 7 minutes or until just barely browned.