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Recipe for family meals :

Spumoni Slices - Italian Christmas Cookies

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Shirley Cline from San Fransisco. (You can contact Shirley by emailing her - click here).

"This was sent to me from the Better Homes & Gardens Newsletter. Haven't tried them yet. They look good though".


1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tblsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 square (1 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
4 tsp. milk
1/3 cup chopped candied red cherries
1/2 cup chopped pistachio nuts
1/4 tsp. rum flavoring
Few drops green food coloring
Powdered sugar icing or melted chocolate (optional)

  • Beat shortening and butter about 30 seconds or till softened. Add half the flour, the sugar, egg, 2 tablespoons of milk, vanilla, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Beat till thoroughly combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Stir in remaining flour.
  • Divide dough into thirds. Into one portion, mix chocolate and 2 teaspoon of the milk. Into second portion, mix cherries. Into third portion mix nuts, remaining milk, flavoring, and enough green food coloring to tint dough.
  • To shape dough, line bottom and sides of an 8 x 4 x 2 inch loaf pan with clear plastic wrap. Press pink dough evenly in pan. Top with chocolate dough. Top with green dough. Cover and chill for 4 - 24 hours.
  • Invert pan; remove dough. Remove plastic wrap. Cut dough into 1/4 inch thick slices; cut each slice crosswise into three pieces. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake in 375º oven 8 - 10 minutes or till edges are lightly browned. Remove and cool on rack. Drizzle with powdered sugar icing tinted green or with melted chocolate.

Makes about 84

Shirley Cline