Winter break at the O.K. Chorale includes a few major traditions. One of those is the annual Baking and Decorating of Christmas Cookies. We use my mother’s recipe (Thanks, Petunia!) for the cookie dough. Next, we use some of my collection of cookie cutters to get the shapes we want.
This year, La Petite and Amigo did most of the rolling and cutting of dough. I made several trefoils (Girl Scout symbol) in memory of the young Scouts who died at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Amigo made sure we used all the shapes. Angels, gingerbread boys and girls, Christmas trees, eight notes — see below for a sample.
But what’s in the middle? One guitar is a little ragged and resembles a tulip. Above it – what’s that?
Finally, the entire family decorates. I make the frosting, Chuck frosts the cookies, and La Petite and Amigo decorate with sprinkles and sugars. The table is a mess, and it’s worth it.
And since we’ve all contributed, the cookies taste better than any others. It’s a sweet and tasty time of family togetherness.