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Swedish Spritz Cookies

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Each Dec. 13, Santa Lucia Day, I have a coffee for my dear girl friends. According to Swedish tradition, friends stop in that day for coffee and cookies -- and Christmas begins! God Jul!

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (or almond extract if you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour and baking powder and gradually add to creamed mixture. Chill dough before using. Using the star disk of a cookie press, flow the dough out in a long, steady stream onto a marble slab or surface of your choice. Cut off enough dough to form a circle, the size of a cookie, and place it on wax or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Keep the dough fairly chilled so it behaves. Bake at 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes until edges are firm and very lightly browned; watch them closely.

Marion Elizabeth Erickson, Rock Island



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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