cousins of the sand tart-simple cookies but with a complicated
history. There is the story that a young woman named Ann Page
had made the first of these cookies, scratching her initial on
each one, hence AP's. But if Ann did invent them one thing is
sure, the Pennsylvania Dutch took to them with eagerness. For
any number of recipes can be found, labeled variously apees,
apeas, apace, apice, epise, epees, and eepies, to name a few.)
Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease
Cream butter and sugar, add
egg yolks, and blend. Sift flour with cream tartar
into the bowl, little by little. Mix together.
Add sour cream and fold in
egg whites. Chill overnight in
Next day roll out on floured
board, shape with scalloped circular cutter, the traditional
shape for apees. Place on cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes,
watching to prevent burning.
Pennsylvania Dutch Did You Know?
The first major emigration of Germans to America resulted in the
founding of the Borough of Germantown in northwest Philadelphia
County, Pennsylvania in 1683-1685.