The cinnamon star shortbread cookies made in the 1930s and 1940s by Kaase's Bakery were one of the most popular cookies in the city. Kaase's eventually became part of Acme Fresh Markets, and closed in 1994. Luckily, a Kaase's employee found the original recipe for the cookies and shared it with the Beacon Journal in 1987.
KAASE'S CINNAMON STAR COOKIES
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups margarine
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
Vanilla, maple flavoring to taste
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped
Cream together the sugar, margarine, salt and cinnamon. Add vanilla and maple flavoring to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon each). Add eggs and mix until smooth. Stir in flour and walnuts and mix until smooth.
Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut with a miniature star cookie cutter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes.
Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies, depending on size of cookie cutter.