The cookies are basically a sugar cookie dough that is rolled out to about 1/8" thick and cut into 1" by 5" long strips and draped over a special domed cookie form and then baked. Once the edges are a little golden, they are removed from the oven and immediately removed from the form and placed on their sides to cool. The cookies are very fragile and your kitchen helpers may need to help get rid of evidence of broken cookies.
These are frosted with Seven Minute Frosting and then promptly sprinkled (or dipped in our case) with sugars and decorations. They do not stand up very well so we laid them on their sides for the most part. Also, I was knuckle-deep in frosting so there are no pictures of this process.
Grandma Alma's Horse Collar Christmas Cookies (Krokta)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup lard (or sub butter)
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp milk
2 tsp almond flavor
3 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp salt
Cream butter and lard, then add sugar, continue creaming. Mix in well beaten eggs, milk, and almond flavor.
Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and mix well.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
On a lightly floured board, roll out to 1/8" thickness. Cut the dough into strips 1" wide and 5-6" long. Drape the strips over the ungreased wafer form and place the form on a cookie sheet. Bake until lightly browned, about 5 - 7 minutes. Remove strips from form immediately and set them on their sides to cool. If cookies stick, spray pan with Pam between batches, wipe off with paper towels/remove crumbs.
Frost with Seven Minute Frosting and sprinkle with sugars.
Seven Minute Frosting
2 egg whites
3 Tbsp water
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp almond flavoring
Beat in double boiler with mixer on high speed for 7 minutes (until fluffy).