Back in the olden days small cakes, known as “funeral biscuits” were wrapped in white paper and sealed with black sealing wax or tied with black ribbon and given to funeral guests as favors. We are making our guests these dainty biscuits to be enjoyed at our party.
1½ cups of good white flour
½ cup cornstarch
¼ tsp. of salt
2 tsp. of freshly ground green cardamom
1 tbs of caraway seeds
8 oz. of sweet butter, softened
½ cup of powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt, cardamom, and caraway seeds.
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add in the vanilla extract.
To the butter mixture, add the flour mixture all at once and mix until just blended, but crumbly.
Put the dough into a disc and chill for one hour.
Preheat your oven to 350°F
On a floured board, roll out dough to ¼ of an inch in thickness.
Cut dough into heart shapes and place one inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
Chill for 15 min.
Bake for 11 min, or until the edges of the biscuits are tinged with toasty brown.
Makes approximately 2 dozen.
Wrap each biscuit in white paper and tie with black ribbons.
To enjoy, dip your biscuit into a small glass of good sherry.
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