ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. - Catherine's Egg Biscuits
1 cup of vegetable oil (canola, etc.)
1 cup of sugar
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons of flavoring (Your choice – use several extracts for layers of flavor)
½ cup of chopped citron, dried fruit, or orange rind, finely chopped
5+ cups of sifted flour
5 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
Thoroughly beat oil, sugar, eggs and your choice of flavorings in a large mixer bowl. Add chopped, dried fruit or rind. Sift together 5 cups flour, baking powder and salt. Blend this into mixing bowl, a portion at a time. Add just enough more flour so you can handle the dough – it will be somewhat sticky. Scoop by heaping tablespoonsful, with flour covered hands, and roll into balls, placing each on sprayed or parchment-lined cookie sheets – about 24 to a sheet.
Bake in a 375° oven for 12 minutes. Biscuits should be firm and just barely golden. Let cool. Make icing.
4 ½ cups of confectioners’ sugar
½ cup of liquid (lemon or orange juice, or water or a combination with fruit flavored extract)
Food coloring / colored sprinkles, if desired
Combine sugar and liquid. Mix until smooth. Taste test and correct if needed. It should be stiff enough to spread. Tint with coloring, if desired. Frost each cooled biscuit. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles or drizzle another color of icing onto frosted biscuit to create a design.
Store tightly in tins or wrap well and freeze.
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