1986 winner: sirups kager (danish brown spice

Yield: 60 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Butter or margarine (softened)
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Dark corn syrup
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground cloves
½ teaspoon Baking soda mixed with
\N \N 1 ts water
\N \N Flour (3 3/4 to 4 cups)

Preparation time: 45 minutes Chilling time: One hour Baking time: 8 to 10 minutes

1. Cream butter or margarine with sugar and corn syrup. Stir in cinnamon, cloves and baking soda mixture. Add flour a little at a time, mixing well after each addition until stiff dough forms. Cover dough and refrigerate until firm.

2. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough to ⅛-inch thickness on floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters into reindeer or desired shapes. Or roll dough into logs about 1-inch in diameter and slice crosswise into 1-inch-thick rounds.

3. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets until lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Sirups kager, a Danish spice cookie "as brown as a reindeer," was a humble but coveted Christmas prize enjoyed by her grandfather in Denmark, writes our contest winner, Julie K. Cook, of Chicago. from the Chicago Tribune annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest December 4, 1986

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