Christmas is such a rich season. It’s rich in it’s message – that God would leave heaven to be born in the form of a human being to experience life as we know it and to redeem us from sin.
But it’s also rich in traditions and memories. Today I’ve been remembering my mom’s love for Christmas baking. She usually took a vacation day from work to bake Christmas cookies. All day long the house would smell amazing as the dining room table filled with dozens of varieties of sweet confections. In the evening, she boxed up all the cookies for delivery to the nursing homes where she and dad volunteered.
Since I was in school, I didn’t get to help, but my grandmother or later, a family friend , would be on hand. Mom even put the extra leaves in the table so it could hold more. To bake so many cookies was a two person job!
By the end of the day, the table was filled with chocolate chip cookies, peanut blossoms, Thumb-print cookies, Snowball cookies, butter/sugar cookies and others I can’t even remember anymore.
I found some of her old recipe books the other day and decided to share a recipe today. One that’s rich in cinnamon holiday aroma and flavor:
Frosted Pumpkin Bars
4 beaten eggs 1 cup salad oil 2 cups sugar 1 cup pumpkin 1 cup raisins 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 2 cups flour 1/2 tsp salt Combine ingredients and pour onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. When cool, frost with:
3 oz. cream cheese 6 Tbsp butter 1 tsp, vanilla 1 tsp milk 3/4 pound of powdered sugar
Cream the cheese, butter, milk and vanilla together. Add sugar. Spread onto the pumpkin bar and cut into squares. These can be frozen and pulled out for a quick and easy company snack throughout the holiday season.
What cookie recipes do you remember from Christmases past?