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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 10:22 PM
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cookie bakers -- do you know this cookie?
A winter cookie in the shape of a deer; white enrobed or white dough?

I'm trying to track this down. Could be Scandinavian in origin.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 11:23 AM
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1. hmm, this website might help- interesting either way!
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:52 PM
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2. Could they be the white cookies for the Feast of Rozhanitsa?
From Wikipedia
"Rozhanitsa Feast (12th century Eastern Slavic Russian)

In 12th century Russia, the eastern Slavs worshiped the winter mother goddess, Rozhnitsa, offering bloodless sacrifices like honey, bread and cheese. Bright colored winter embroideries depicting the antlered goddess were made to honor the Feast of Rozhanitsa in late December. And white, deer-shaped cookies were given as lucky gifts. Some Russian women continued the observation of these traditions into the 20th century."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice

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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 09:55 PM
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4. that's it!
Awesome! Maybe I can find a recipe.

Thanks.
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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:26 PM
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3. I can't find anything
Either on the internet or in my Scandinavian baking books. You might try posting on http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/31, there might be someone there who knows something about them. Or try to find Scandinavian blogs, food forums, etc where you might find some help.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 10:05 PM
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5. the problem was searching for scandinavian
once that was eliminated, it turned up. Thanks for trying, and thanks for your contributions here!

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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 09:21 PM
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6. You're welcome!
Are you willing to share what you found?

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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 01:26 PM
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7. I didn't find any recipes
Just a lot of citations for the feast and its relationship to winter solstice and the "white deer cookies" that were traditional. I did see one place where they were called "white reindeer cookies" No recipe. Someone in the 12th century forgot to write it down. We'll have to wing it. At least reindeer cookie cutter should be easy to find.
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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 01:36 PM
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8. That's kind of the conclusion I came to, too
The Scandinavian reindeer image has been quite popular in recent years. I imagine any cut-out cookie recipe would work for the cookies. If it's a butter cookie recipe, white icing would provide the whiteness. Or Crisco for a whiter, but less flavorful cookie. Then some blend of flavorings could provide a more unique/interesting flavor.

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