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Austrian Peach Cookies II
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December 01, 2009

I've been making this recipe every year since 1972 when it was published in Sphere magazine as part of a collection of wonderful foreign cookies. They are a treat to the eye and the palate and make a wonderful gift for giving. Many readers might like adding 1/2 tsp of salt to the cookies to better suit an American taste. In addition, and to add more flavor to the filling, use a full Tablespoon of rum or substitute 1 1/2 to 2 tsp rum flavoring for an even stronger flavor. For a richer, moister filling I use only 1 1/2 cups of the reserved crumbs in the filling, making another half batch if you don't have enough. Using a spray bottle to lightly wet the cookies before coloring with the sugars is helpful as is a friend or two to help in a production line. I like coloring my sugars in zip bags; your children will like squishing the colors in for you. You'll get a prettier look by dipping in the red first and then roll in or sprinkle with the peach color sugar. I also make the stems and leaves in the following manner: Roll green gumdrops 1/8 inch thick on well-sugared board. Cut into leaf shapes. Make small hole in stem end of leaf. Insert small piece of cinnamon stick through hole in gumdrop and into seam of "peach."

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