Today I decided to make Christmas cookies. I’ve been putting off holiday baking because …well honestly I don’t need to eat all those cookies and brownies and goodies that show up on my hips!
But today I threw caution to the winds and made sugar cookies – the kind that get rolled out and cut into shapes. I chose that kind because I wanted to use the cookie cutters that my Mom and I used when I was a little girl. Yes, I still have them. They are red plastic and are showing some wear! I am too!
Making the dough was almost like having Mom here again. I could hear her telling me how to cream the butter and sugar; how to put the rolled out dough in the refrigerator so it would be easier to cut into shapes; how to watch the cookies in the oven and take them out just as the edges started to turn light brown. “Be sure to put the cookie cutters in the flour before putting it on the dough.” I thought about how patient my mother was as I learned to cook and how special she made those lessons.
The cookie cutters are a mixture of circus animals and a clown mixed in with Christmas Santa, bells, trees and angels. We used all of them and the camel’s head broke off and the elephant’s leg fell off just like I remembered! Fragile animal cookies and so much fun to relive a little piece of Christmas past. Really good cookies too!