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Austrian Christmas cookies

(post, Caroline Cummins)


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I have a friend whose family makes these Central European cookies every year at Christmastime. Because they're fat-free, the cookies last for weeks in an airtight container and thus make great edible gifts.

If you're expecting a chocolate-chip cookie, you'll be surprised when you bite into a nutty, chewy cookie redolent of allspice; even odder, some find, is the edible Communion-style wafer the cookie is baked on (the wafer helps keep the bottom of the cookie from sticking and burning). 

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You can make these cookies without the wafers if you have parchment paper or silicone baking mats, but they're way more fun with the crunchy, chewy wafers on the bottom.

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