French Lace Cookies

These are the cookies that were always so pretty in cookbooks…but I never had luck making them as a child. Every year, I would choose them as one of the Christmas Cookies to make…and every few years my mother would let me give it a try. The best advice I have: use a HEAVY cookie sheet and be patient, only baking 6-9 at a time. Also, make sure your cookie sheet has cooled before putting the next batch on.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped nuts
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup shortening
2/3 cup brown sugar

Heat oven to 375. Blend flour and nuts. Bring corn syrup, shortening, and sugar to boil in saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; gradually stir in flour and nuts. Drop by level teaspoonsful about 3″ apart on greased baking sheet. Bake 5 to 6 minutes; remove from oven and ALLOW TO STAND 5 min BEFORE removing from baking sheet. Makes about 4 doz. cookies.

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