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Mount Sinai Cakes

Sephardic Jews bake these cookies for Shavuot to celebrate Moses' receiving the commandments on Mount Sinai. Since dairy dishes are traditional on the Feast of Weeks, these cookies are made with butter; however, margarine can always be substituted to make the cookies pareve.

ingredients

makes 40
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons brandy
about 40 walnut halves

method

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

3. Sift the flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a bowl.

4. In another bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, butter, and brandy until smooth.

5. Add this mixture gradually to the flour mixture, beating well.

6. Break the dough into 1-inch balls. Mold the balls into cone shapes that resemble mountain peaks. Arrange peaks on cookie sheets.

7. Stick a walnut half on top of each "peak." Bake cookies for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a rack.

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