C is for Cookie

Like many people, one holiday tradition of my youth was the making of the Christmas cookie.

Every year in memory, the dough would magically appear in its round, buttery-yellow goodness, the flour would be sprinkled on the counter, the rolling pin would do its job of flattening and then…

…out came the Christmas cookie cutters; the reindeer, the Santa, the star, the ubiquitous circle made with the lip of a cup, the candle, the Christmas tree.  Each cookie was tenderly cut with all the dexterity that a youngster could manage. Often the candle flame might be lopped off or Santa would lose his head, but a little mending, a little pinching and the magic of the oven’s warmth would mend all wounds.

But even better than the rolling and the cutting and the placing of each figure on the cookie sheet, even better than this was the Decorating of the Cookie.

The humble yet sugarlicious classic mix of powdered sugar blended with cream and some vanilla was tinted with the colors the food coloring bottles had to offer:  Red, green, yellow, blue (we didn’t get real crazy with MIXING colors, as some are wont to do.)  Then with a bowl for each color and a knife for each bowl, we shoveled the frosting into our mouths painstakingly created lovely works of art, with yellow for the candle flame, blue for the candle stem, green Christmas trees, Red Santas, and yellow for the stars.  Each creation was liberally covered delicately sprinkled with the sparkly red, multi-colored dots, brown chocolate sprinkles from the reserve of candy sprinkles that we probably never used up, or at least, like the widow’s oil, seemed never to run dry (thanks, probably, to Giant Eagle!).

Then the delight of mixing all the colors of the icing together into weird and wonderful tones that would never do for Christmas cookies but were just right for EATING straight from the bowls, that slightly crispy, crunchy layer that had formed over the top as the sugar had set adding extra texture to the experience.

These days we don’t get to make Christmas cookies as much.  But as I’ve been baking a few cookies on my own this year, I’m looking forward to next year when my little guy will start to make his own memories about Christmas cookies.



Mmmmm. Cookies.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. truegerman
    Dec 22, 2008 @ 13:10:52

    Mmmh, those cookies look nice.

    I wish you a merry Christmas


  2. Sharon Sue
    Dec 28, 2008 @ 18:52:54

    Feel free to share those cookies with moi.


  3. The Mom
    Dec 29, 2008 @ 12:49:07

    That was always one of MY fondest Christmas memories, too:)


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