Mama Kay and her dear friend, Polly Moore, perfected this recipe in the 1990s in Seguin.
Mix together dry ingredients:
3+ 2/3 c. flour
1 + 1/3 c. sugar
1 t. baking powder
¼ t. baking soda
1 c. chopped walnuts
Orange rind zest (avoid the white—it’s bitter)—Use two small or one
Zest of ½ lemon
Add wet ingredients previously mixed together:
2 eggs = 1 egg yolk (Save the white for wash later)
3 t. orange extract
1 stick melted butter
Knead dough with hands. (If dough is too dry, add OJ or cream to moisten a bit.) Divide into two balls and shape into logs. Place on parchment paper on cookie sheet. Brush with egg white. Bake 350 degrees 30-35 minutes. COOL.
Slice baked dough on diagonal. Place slices standing up on cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for additional 7 minutes.