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Twelve Days of Christmas….COOKIES

On the First Day of Christmas Cookies

which isn’t the same as the Twelve Days  of Christmas because now is the time to plan the all important cookie baking, so the cookie days must come before Christmas.

The actual Twelve Days of Christmas are AFTER Christmas ending with Twelfth Night or Epiphany. But you knew that. And I just made up the Christmas Cookie Days. No partridges, no pear trees, not a goose or a hen, French or otherwise, a-swimming or a-laying or a-leaping or a-milking. Just cookies.

Ah…the Cookie Days of Christmas!

After the Pie Ways of the Autumn, it is time to bring in Winter with hot cocoa and cookies. Cookies also travel well, for cookie swaps and impromptu parties and any other sort of gathering.

Cookies are a great little nibbles while watching Christmas Specials on TV – Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer (from 1964)

Nobody likes a skinny Santa - he needs a few more cookies...

Nobody likes a skinny Santa – he needs a few more cookies

or White Christmas


from 1954. Snow, Snow, Snow – and maybe a Snowball cookie or two…

And Santa is coming to town, and it’s only polite to leave a few cookies out for him.milk-cookies-santa-11259883

Cookies aren’t the only baking for Christmas, but at the ancestral home, they were defiantly a constant.

Some, like Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy and not necessarily holiday specific. And have great back-story. More on that after the holidays.

ccc recipe

Here’s the recipe right on the packet – butter makes a crispier cookie, margarine makes a bendier one, and as far as I’m concerned, nuts are optional.

Sugar cookies are also easy and adaptable. Stir N Drop Sugar Cookies are easy and if you use red and green sugars, festive. Or there’s the prepackaged route.

Nothing easier - and you can spend your artistic energies decorating

Nothing easier – and you can spend your artistic energies decorating while you get great cookie baking aroma

Gingerbread has a long history with the holiday, so that will be an upcoming story.

Stuart gingerbread molds - 17th century

Stuart gingerbread molds – 17th century English from the Gingerbread House Project blog

Oh, Joy! Chocolate Coconut Macaroons with Almonds  are a Christmas cookie.

Shortbread will count as a cookie for the holiday, as will brownies.

Then there’s a long list of Italian cookies…..

some of which are known as  ‘Italian Cookies‘……Italian cookieswhich go by various aliases like Charmella or Sharmella or Jemellos’s or Anise Cookies…..or as my Uncle Johnny would sometimes call them – Snowballs. 

 As for other Italian cookies….there are Susemielle (made with honey – that’s the mielle) which are also known as S-Cookies – but so are so many others…..

Susamielli Napolentani - close enough....

Susamielli Napolentani – close enough….

and there are also Wine CookiesBiscott di Vino, which are cookies made with wine, not necessarily cookies to go with wine…..and little chocolate cookies with nuts and raisins inside…

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies….assorted Cornmeal Cookies.…..

The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies are only suggestions. Mere suggestions. No Pressure.

Take a deep breath and ponder – Why isn’t there  a “It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas” song?

Bake on.



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Betty Crocker was Good and Easy

was NOT written on  a bathroom wall ever. It does show  just how memory can be tricky. I totally remember Betty’s Picture Cook Book.

BUT – the cook book that is actually in my mother’s collection – and for the moment in my hot little hand is actually:

good and easy back and front

This one is in better shape then my mother’s, which has a matching blue elastic to hold it all together.

Truth be told, the illustration are from the same series, and the photos’ – there’s nothing like ’50’s food photos…..

 Betty Crocker’s Good and Easy Cook Book

Betty Crocker’s brand-new idea book – 1000 time-saving, taste-tempting recipes and hints for busy modern homemakers.”


The first and last few pages are missing – It begins on page five, with Breakfast already underway, and ends p. 256 with the index slug of

 Yellow (whole-egg) cake (sponge, 165)

And the whole thing is rather dash happy – – –

The half pear was a bear in a bowl of porridge – three dates stuck upright could be the three bears in another breakfast (nightmare) option….I’m glad that fruit as bears was not a  part of my childhood. But I have seen this long ago – the question is where?

In the mean time, something I DO remember, confirmed by my mother and my sister:



(page 194)

(See picture, p. 182.)

2 eggs

2/3 cup cooking (salad) oil

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. grated lemon rind

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

  1. Heat oven to 400° (mod. hot).
  2. Beat eggs with fork until well blended.
  3. Stir in oil, vanilla, lemon rind.
  4. Blend in sugar until mixture thickens.
  5. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and stir into oil mixture.
  6. Drop with a teaspoon 2” apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Flatten with a greased glass dipped into sugar. (This is where I could help. The real secret is not to grind the little batter balls into the cookie sheet, but rather level off the tops and leave a little sugar behind, nuance often lost with the under 6 set. My mother would pick out which glass to use and put down a saucer with a little Wesson oil in in, and a second saucer with some sugar in it, so dip, dip, tap, it’s a cookie.)
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes, just until a delicate brown. (mostly the edges)
  9. Remove immediately from baking sheet.
  10. About 3 doz cookies.

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