I found this for three clover cakes recipe in one of my mom’s 1980’s recipe books. I had never seen anything like them before, so I had to try it out! It turned out to be a rather tasty small cake or large cookie – I am not sure which is the better word. It was found in a Christmas cookbook, but I do not know it as a Christmas cookie, so I think you could bake it at any time of the year. I am baking them for the a larp event.
The ingredients and tastes makes me think it is a rather old recipe – it reminds me of renaissance recipes. But I have not yet done the historical research on this cookie.
The original recipe has no raising agents, which again makes me think it is an old recipe. I did add a bit of baking powder when I baked them but I have left it out the recipe and I will try them without it next (and report back).
I have baked them twice, once for Christmas and once for the larp event: Midwinter Feast
The cakes I baked for Christmas using a raising agent, so they are a bit bigger. But we decided that they needed to be smaller.
Baking of three clover cakes
The original recipe from the 1980’s cookbook. The smaller size of the finished cakes means that I dropped the date decorations as it became to fiddly to work with.
Three Clover Cakes
Tasty Christmas cookies with frosting and renaissance spices.
Preheat the oven to 200 C
Mix eggs and sugar together until it is foaming.
Mix the spices and the flour together and add it gently to the egg mixture
Add the chopped dates and nuts.
Shape the dough into 2 cm (1 in) balls and place 3 together to form the clover shape. Press them lightly together.
Bake them at 200 C for 15-20 minutes.
Place the hot cakes on a wire rack over something you don\'t mind getting dirty.
Mix the glazing of icing sugar and rum.
Glaze the cookies while they are still hot.
Decorate them with the flaked almonds and date bits