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Italian New Year's 



Honey-Sesame Cookies (http://www.mangiabenepasta.com/newyear.html )
(Makes 48 cookies)In Roman times, guests were given honey-sesame cookies so the new year would be filled with sweetness.
Ingredients:
2-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
About 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sesame seeds
Directions:
In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.  Set aside.
 
In another bowl, combine butter, honey and eggs with an electric mixer until 
well combined.  Gradually beat in the flour mixture.  Cover and chill the dough
about 1 hour or until firm.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease 2 baking sheets.
 
Form chilled dough into 1-inch balls.  Roll the balls in a small bowl of milk 
then roll them in the sesame seeds.  Place balls on prepared baking sheets.
 
Flatten each ball slightly  Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown.
 
Remove cookies from baking sheets and cool on a wire rack..

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Debbie Perrine Converse with her grandparents Josephine and Anthony Perrine

ZEPPOLE
2 packs of yeast in 1 cup warm water
3 eggs (beaten)
1 cup scaled milk
1 stick butter (melted and salt to taste)
½ cup sugar
4-5 cups of flour (to make soft dough)
1.   Scald milk-then let allow to room temperature
2.   Melt butter and set aside
3.   Combine milk,butter,sugar, beaten eggs in a large bowl
4.   Add yeast mixture
5.   Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough.
6.   Fold in nuts, dates, and/or figs, raisins

Drop tablespoons of dough into hot vegetable oil and fry until golden on all sides. Place on wax paper and then roll in powdered sugar if desired.
(Family recipe from Debbie Perrine Converse)



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Debbie Perrine Converse said...

ZEPPOLE
2 packs of yeast in 1 cup warm water
3 eggs (beaten)
1 cup scaled milk
1 stick butter (melted and salt to taste)
½ cup sugar
4-5 cups of flour (to make soft dough)
1. Scald milk-then let allow to room temperature
2. Melt butter and set aside
3. Combine milk,butter,sugar, beaten eggs in a large bowl
4. Add yeast mixture
5. Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough.
6. Fold in nuts, dates, and/or figs, raisins

Drop tablespoons if dough into hot vegetable oil and fry until golden on all sides. Place on wax paper and then roll in powdered sugar if desired.