What the heck was in those Christmas cookies?

Sometimes it’s pretty obvious where writers and musicians get their artistic bent. Other times, it comes out of nowhere.

My case fits the latter description … almost. I have no artists, writers, sculptors, etc. in my family tree … except for my mother.  What was her art? So glad you asked.


Her pies and cakes were the envy of all the church bake sales. Often they never even made it for sale to the general public because the women running the sales would buy them before they went on the table.

And her Christmas cookies! Not only did they taste fantastic, they looked like works of art.

Mom is gone now, but I’ve tried to keep up the Christmas cookie tradition by making them just like she did for my children and now for my first grandchild.  My are a pale imitation of Mom’s artistry but this pictures of this year’s cookies gives you some idea of her artistry:

Cookies 2014


Here’s the recipe for the wreaths and poinsettias:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 and 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  1. Cream the butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in egg and almond extract.
  3. Add the dry ingredients.
  4. Bake at 500 degrees for 4 to 6 minutes. Watch them carefully, because at that temperature they burn quickly!

Finally, from my household to yours, Merry Christmas!



  1. Merry Christmas, Mr. Valentine.
    I’m squirreling this recipe away for next year’s festivities.
    I think it’s so very cool you’re perpetuating this tradition for your family.

  2. The dough this recipe makes is wonderful to work with–quite the opposite of, say, pie dough which is yucky to work with. Merry Christmas, Paula!

  3. Sounds Magic Ed.

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