Lacemaker's Cattern Cakes - English Spiced Sugar Cookies
20 mins (prep 10, cooking 10)
10 ingredients
12 servings
"Cattern cakes" are spiced with cinnamon, lightly fruited and flavoured with caraway seeds; they are traditionally made by the English Nottingham lacemakers for the festivities on their special feast day. The recipe goes back to Tudor times, and has changed little over the centuries, although they are sometimes made with yeast dough. Also known as Catherine Cakes (after Catherine of Aragon, whom whilst imprisoned locally at Ampthill, heard of the lacemaker's financial plight, and destroyed all of her lace only to commission some more and give work to the local industry). They are specially prepared for St. Catherine's Day - the patroness of spinners, lace-makers, rope-makers and spinsters - on the 25th November, which is the lacemaker's special day. They are traditionally washed down with Hot Pot - a hot mixture of rum, beer and eggs. I find that I prefer mine with a cup of tea! These delicious little cakes are more like a soft and slightly chewy biscuit or cookie.

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Serving Size (45.44 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 168.53 Calories from Fat 27.27
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.03g 55.87%
Saturated Fat 0.28g 16.78%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 1.85mg 0.92%
Total Carbohydrate 33.9g 135.6%
Dietary Fiber 3.09 g 148.46%
Sugars 17.63 g %
Protein 4.01g 96.36%
Vitamin A 5.85IU% Vitamin C 0.22mg%
Calcium 23.13mg% Iron 1.09mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
caraway seeds, melted butter