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Serbian Christmas Hard Cookies





3 eggs
1-1/2 cup sugar
2-1/2 cup sifted all purpose flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts (filberts)
1/3 cup minced candied lemon peel
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice


2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice


In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Stir in flour, cinnamon,hazelnuts, lemon peel and lemon juice. Knead dough a few times on a floured surface until a smooth ball. Return to bowl, cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.

Roll out dough on a floured surface in 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into 3 x 1/2 inch strips. Place on greased and floured baking sheets.

Bake in a preheated 350 F. oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, prepare frosting by mixing confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Remove cookies from oven and frost while hot. Col on racks and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

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