1/2 c. butter
4 c. brown sugar
4 c. sifted flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cloves
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. crushed cardamom (or 1/2 t. crushed black pepper)
1/2 c. crushed walnuts (or almonds)
1/2 c. mixed candied fruit (or candied ginger)
16 oz. can frozen OJ (not diluted)
Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time and beat. Sift together dry ingredients (flour, powder, soda, salt, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and walnuts) and add to batter. Chill for 6 hours.
Roll 1/2 ” thick. Cut each cookie 1″ and rolls into round balls. Wrap in cellophane and freeze overnight. Dip one side into thawed OJ, then into sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Best if kept in a container for about a week before sharing, as the flavor improves with age. Slice an apple to put into the container to keep the cookies softer. Be sure and give some away to someone special in your life–add a Christmas cookie recipe tag.