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Catholic Recipe: Eternity Cakes or Easter Wreath Cookies


  • 2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 raw egg yolks
  • 4 hard cooked and riced egg yolks
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons whiskey
  • 1 beaten egg white
  • Coarse Sugar


Prep Time: 45 minutes

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+



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The idea of making cakes and bread and cookies in the form of a circle at Easter occurs again and again. The Swiss make a braid of dough in a circle just big enough to hold a colored Easter egg. And a very famous Easter cookie is cut with a doughnut cutter and called Easter wreath cookie. As the Resurrection was our passport from death to new life, it is the promise of eternity: a never-ending circle.


Cream shortening and sugar. Stir in whiskey. Add egg yolks and flour. Roll dough into long strip. Cut strip in five parts. Roll each short strip between palms of your hands until it is as thick as your little finger. Arrange circles on greased cookie sheets. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a moderate oven (350┬░) for 15 minutes.

Recipe Source: Cooking for Christ by Florence Berger, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, 1949, 1999