|3 cups||All-purpose flour or pastry|
|8 tablespoons||(1 stick) butter or|
|½ pint||(1 cup) heavy (whipping)|
|1 teaspoon||Vanilla extract|
"These irresistible Vanilla Crackers are flaky and delicate. They are a rich, but not heavy, conclusion to a light lunch. Or try dunking them like donuts in coffee or hot chocolate. 300~F. 15 to 20 minutes Preheat the oven to 300~F.
In a large bowl or in the food processor, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
In a separate bowl, mix the cream, honey, and vanilla extract. Add this liquid mixture slowly to the flour mixture and blend to form a dough that will hold together in a cohesive ball. You may have to add a little extra cream or some milk.
Divide the dough into 2 equal portions for rolling. On a floured surface or pastry cloth, roll to ⅛ inch thick. With a sharp knife, cut into 1-½-inch squares. Place them on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning over once. Do not allow the crackers to become darker than light brown. Cool on a rack. Yield: 60-70.
VARIATION: If you have access to soft drink syrups, try substituting root beer syrup for the vanilla extract.
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