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Cookies without Nuts
Italian Lemon Cookies (with corn oil, sour cream and lemon rind)
Originated from: Abruzzo or Calabria
Occasion: Special times
Contributed by: Dorinda (nee Carosella) Cavanaugh

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For cookie dough
Rind of 1 lemon
3 eggs
1/2 cup Mazola corn oil (or Wesson)
2 tablespoons sour cream
4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt

For Icing
1 lb confectioners' sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup milk


Mix ingredients together and knead to consistency of soft dough. Form into cookies with 1 larger and 1 smaller ball on top, making a "tip" with the top ball.


Dorinda Cavanaugh's parents originated from two different regions -- her father, Mr. Nicholas Carosella, was born in Castelfrentano, Abruzzo; her mother was born in the United States and her mother's mother was born and raised in Calabria. The recipe in this entry was often made by Dorinda Cavanaugh's mother, Mrs. Ida Carosella. Dorinda Cavanaugh wrote down her mother's recipes and put them all together in a collection, entitled, "Secrets from Nana's Kitchen." The recipe in this entry comes from this private publication.

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