Some of my best memories involve cookies. My mother is a fantastic baker. Over the years she collected and fine-tuned a wonderful set of cookie recipes she specially selected for the holiday season. Every December she would designate days during the month for making each of these delights.
As we grew up all our family members became part of the process, first my sisters and I, and later nieces and nephews. The littlest ones always had the job of sprinkling sugar on the delicious, buttery sugar cookies. As we grew into adolescence we might even get a turn at rolling out dough, though it took years for anyone to gain the skill and style of Mom.
In fact, I remember the first time I made Mother’s cookies in my own kitchen. I was newly married and living far away from my parents. It was the first year that I would not be with them for the holidays. Though they might have shipped these special treats to me okay, it seemed like the right time for me to make the cookies on my own.
I remember feeling nervous over rolling out the dough. The texture and thickness had to be just right for the best cookie result. Amazingly, my dough and rolling were just fine. It happened as if Mom was right there doing it herself.
This year we plan to have a gluten free and allergy friendly family cookie-making day. We’ll be celebrating Mother’s 90th birthday. She’s still amazing, and still making her amazing cookies. And I am happy to say that she loves mine too!
While there are many ways to show your love during the holidays, I personally think cookies are a great way to share friendship and joy. Happy holidays to everyone!