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Swedish Spritz Cookies

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Each Dec. 13, Santa Lucia Day, I have a coffee for my dear girl friends. According to Swedish tradition, friends stop in that day for coffee and cookies -- and Christmas begins! God Jul!

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (or almond extract if you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour and baking powder and gradually add to creamed mixture. Chill dough before using. Using the star disk of a cookie press, flow the dough out in a long, steady stream onto a marble slab or surface of your choice. Cut off enough dough to form a circle, the size of a cookie, and place it on wax or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Keep the dough fairly chilled so it behaves. Bake at 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes until edges are firm and very lightly browned; watch them closely.

Marion Elizabeth Erickson, Rock Island



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  Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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