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Caraway Seed Cookies Recipe

Caraway Seed Cookies Recipe

History:
Caraway seed cookies have a long history and can be traced back to ancient times. Caraway seeds themselves have been used for various culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The use of caraway seeds in baking came about during the Middle Ages when these aromatic seeds were widely available in Europe.

Fun Facts:
- Caraway seeds are often mistaken for fennel seeds due to their similar appearance, but they have a distinct and slightly sweet taste with a hint of anise flavor.
- Caraway seed cookies are popular in many European countries, including Germany, Sweden, and Poland, where they are often enjoyed during holidays and festivities.
- In some cultures, caraway seeds are believed to have digestive and medicinal properties.

Now, let's dive into the recipe:

Ingredients:
- ¾ pound (340g) butter, softened
- 1 pound (450g) sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 saltspoon of salt
- 1 gill (120ml) caraway seeds
- 1 teaspoon powdered mace
- 1 cup (240ml) sour milk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Sifted flour (amount may vary)

Instructions:

1. In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and sugar together until creamy and well combined.
2. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
3. Stir in the salt, caraway seeds, and powdered mace, ensuring all ingredients are evenly distributed.
4. In a separate cup, stir the baking soda into the sour milk. Be cautious as it may foam over.
5. Slowly pour the sour milk mixture into the bowl while continually stirring to incorporate it into the batter.
6. Gradually add sifted flour to the mixture, stirring well after each addition to create a light and stiff dough.
7. Prepare a pastry board by dusting it generously with flour. Transfer the dough onto the board.
8. Roll out the dough thinly using a rolling pin.
9. Cut the rolled dough into round shapes using a cookie cutter. You can also get creative and use various shapes if desired.
10. Place the cut-out cookie shapes onto baking-tins that have been lightly coated with flour.
11. Sprinkle a little sugar over the cookies to add a hint of sweetness.
12. Preheat the oven to a moderate temperature and bake the cookies until they turn a light brown, usually for about 10-12 minutes.
13. Once baked, allow the cookies to cool in the pans for a few minutes.
14. Using a pancake turner or a spatula, carefully lift the cookies from the pans and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Caraway seed cookies can be enjoyed as a delightful snack or served alongside tea or coffee. Their unique flavor and crispy texture make them a great addition to any dessert platter.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
If you enjoy the flavors and aroma of caraway seeds, you may also like the following recipes:
1. Caraway Rye Bread: A classic bread made with caraway seeds and rye flour, creating a distinct and delicious flavor profile.
2. Caraway Seed Cake: A moist and flavorful cake featuring the beautiful aroma and taste of caraway seeds, often served with a dusting of powdered sugar.
3. Caraway Sauerkraut: A tangy and savory side dish made by fermenting cabbage with caraway seeds, adding depth of flavor to meals.

These recipes offer different ways to incorporate the wonderful taste of caraway seeds into your culinary creations, allowing you to explore and enjoy this versatile ingredient.

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