1 cup sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter (softened)
3/4 cup shortening
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg white
2 tablespoons sugar
Red candied cherries
Green candied citron
Mix 1 cup sugar, the margarine/butter, shortening, orange peel and 2 eggs.
Stir in flour.
Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into ropes, about 6 inches long, and 1/4 inch in diameter. Form each rope into circle, crossing ends and tucking under. (This shaping method is easier than the traditional method of tying knots).
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Beat egg white and 2 tablespoons sugar until foamy. Brush over tops of cookies.
For holly berries: press bits of red candied cherries on center of knot; add little jagged leaves cut from citron.
Bake until set but not brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
Immediately remove from cookie sheet.
About 6 dozen cookies.