Now that the packages are in the mail...it is time to bake cookies...here is another of the cookie recipes I bake every year --this one came to me from my (Great) Aunt Esther. Aunt Esther was my Grandma's sister---and in their later years (after my Grandfather died) Grandma and Aunt Esther lived together---it was like having 2 grandmas in the same house and they lived about a block away from us, so I saw them often. They both baked the best cookies ---and my Grandma had an old cookie jar on her kitchen counter--which ALWAYS had homemade cookies in it (just like her purse always had Chicklet gum for us kids).
Orange Crispie Cookies
2 cups sugar
2 eggs beaten
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 cups flour
5 tablespoons frozen concentrated orange juice
grated rind of 2 organic oranges
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs. Add flour, baking powder, orange juice and grated peel--mix well. Chill dough. Make the dough into small balls, place on a well greased cookie sheet, and flatten each small ball of dough with a glass dipped in soft butter, then sugar. Bake at 350 degrees about 8-10 minutes, until cookies just begin to brown on the edges.
It begins long before the first frost -
Somewhere between memory and reality.
It touches us with compassion
and whispers to us of hope.
It tiptoes into our hearts with elation
and opens our souls to faith.
Its name is Christmas and we have yet to learn
How to keep it close for more than
this one brief, shining moment.
Someday, perhaps... with love.