The reason we have Weightwatchers #MFRWAuthor

For  week 49 of the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop, the writing prompt is:

A Favorite Recipe

My daughter’s coming over tomorrow to help me bake Christmas cookies. That’s pretty thrilling, because it’s the first time any of my children has shown any interest in carrying on a family tradition.

I think I’ve mentioned before that my mother was a tremendous baker. It was her art form, and never more so than Christmas. She made hundreds of cookies each year and gave them away by the score.

I helped. Mostly by eating the cookies by the score, but also in the prep work. The tradition continued, too. After Judi and I had children, I resurrected my mother’s cookies and made them every year but one. Here is one of the recipes my family has been gobbling up for over sixty years.

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.

What about you?

What’s your favorite recipe? Also, be sure to check out the recipes from other writers taking part in this blog hop.



  1. Peggy Jaeger · · Reply

    I lovelovelove that your daughter is coming over to help you bake!!! And BTW – I’ve been a lifelong member of WeightWatchers because I love to cook and bake so much!! heehee

    1. I’m glad she’s coming over, too, although it’s always possible she won’t come. She has a 4-year old and a 4-month old, so all her plans are subject to change.

  2. Diane Burton · · Reply

    I love any cookie with almond in it. My mom, sister, & I used to get together to make cookies. Mom’s gone and sister & I live too far apart. I should rekindle this with my grandchildren. Thanks for the inspiration, Ed. BTW, I loved your newest book. Review coming.

    1. Your words about a review are even sweeter than those about cookies.

  3. I was happily hopping from blog to blog, indulging in all my food fantasies, and then you had to mention the W-word. 😦 Seriously, though, I’m collecting all these recipes. Not only do they sound great, but I love the stories that go with them. I’m very happy that your daughter is coming over to help you make cookies.

    1. Sorry for introducing reality into the fantasy.

  4. I’m a member of WeightWatchers as well. My mom is usually the holiday sweets baker, but I will definitely help with baking this year. We’ll be trying these cookies for sure! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I hope you enjoy the cookies, Alicia!

  5. I think Weight Watchers might be on my 2018 resolution list.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I bet that high heat makes them extra crispy. Have fun today!

    1. As we get older, it’s harder to stay trim or even healthy without some sort of outside help, like Weightwatchers.

  6. That cookie plate makes my mouth water! Have fun baking with your daughter!

    1. More drooling, eh?

  7. Thanks for the memory of cutting out the cookies then fighting over the icing to top them with. You didn’t mention how the shapes were achieved. Piped out, roll a spoonful of dough between the fingers? I’m adding the recipes to my box.

  8. So great that your daughter is coming for the baking. That puts the extra love in the cookies! My daughters and I usually make cookies each year, I hope they can continue the tradition once they are grown. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. As expected, she spent as much time looking after her two children as helping, but that’s fine. The help was greatly appreciated.

  9. Baking cookies is a great tradition. Shared work, great food, and something to give away to others to share the holiday tradition.

    1. I’ve never had the time (or the inclination) to make as many cookies for giveaway as mum did, I’m afraid.

  10. I started our tradition of baking mountains of cookies back when my kids started school. Cookies make good presents for busy teachers, and I didn’t have to spend a great deal of money:) My kids *help* by ‘taste-testing’ the dough and at least one of every batch. I now have to deliver several bags around town to friends who no longer live in my neighborhood, but still enjoy them. And since I now make some for my favorite karaoke DJs and bartenders, I tend to get more time on the microphone and free drinks this month, lol!

    1. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

      I loved doing that when my kids were little. last year the school only wanted packaged store bought cookies

  11. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    That’s awesome she is coming to bake with you. My daughter is here this year with her three-year-old next week we start our cookies and candy tins. I am looking forward to it. Thanks for your recipe!

    1. Lots of people here bake with families. That is so cool.

  12. These look delicious and they remind me of the German spritz cookies we make in our family (kind of like a butter cookie). Enjoy your baking time with your daughter!

    1. One of mum’s recipes is a spritz dough.

  13. Very pretty cookies Ed! My kids and I all make cookies over the break. They each want to leave out their cookie for Santa so it’s a lot of baking. But it’s fun and it’s one of the few times my boys are happy to join me in the kitchen. The Girl got herself a stand mixer on Black Friday so she can bake cookies at her apartment.

    1. We bought mum a Kitchen Aide one year and she didn’t use it. Same with a kitchen timer. She had her set way of doing things, and she had no intention of altering her ways. She washed dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, too.

  14. I’m glad you had fun with your daughter and grand-babies. I love this kind of cookie. Your cookie dish is very appealing, and I know delicious.

    1. I know delicious, too. That’s why there’s a Weightwatchers.

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