Clutzens Recipe Card Front
The front of the recipe card for Clutzens.
There are a few notations, 1) the recipe was given to the recipe box owner by Dolores Kremer and 2) that the recipe could have come from a cookbook “blue book page 108.”
I have never heard of Clutzens and evidently, they are a German Christmas cookie according to Just a Pinch. (And, by the way, this is the only reference I can find for them online.)
UPDATE – below is “THE WHY” I started this website to “preserve the recipes of our past.”
I received this comment on another cookie post from a cousin of Dolores:
As Christmas approaches, I start to remember my Grandmother’s Clutzen cookies. (She was Oma to my brother and me). I wondered if there was anything on the internet about them as her cookie was the only one of its kind I’d ever seen. So I then I did an internet search and find it! Only to see that the recipe card was submitted by my cousin Deloris. Still, our family seems to be the only one that makes this bite-sized Christmas delight.
I emailed the lady who made the comment and she replied with the following:
Fascinating. That is indeed my Cousin. Delores is deceased. Her father was my mother’s brother. She was several years older than me so my memories of her were of an older very loving cousin. I actually was a flower girl at her wedding which made me soooo happy.
Our Harms family was of strong Lutheran German descent. Our Great Grandfather actually helped establish a rural Lutheran church.
During her high school years, the family lived in Anamosa Is and we lived on a farm just outside of town. Our Grandmother lived with them. I often stopped by there as our farm was on the same street/ road. I sometimes walked home from school or was picked up there. What fond memories this has brought up.
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- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup lard
- 1/2 cup sweet cream (or evaporated milk)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 cups flour
- Anise seed
- Cream together egg, butter, lard, cream and sugar
- Sift baking powder and flour
- Mix with creamed mixture
- Add anise seed
- Roll like ice box cookies and chill
- Bake at 350 degrees until desired consistency (soft vs crisp)