COLUMN: Grandma’s Kitchen - Christmas is time to share hugs, kisses and fortune

— Hi, everyone!

Many of us are getting ready to celebrate Christmas. It is the birthday of the Christmas Babe, and a very special day.

To get ready, we decorate our homes, send cards and greetings to friends, and cook and bake up a storm. There are parties and get-togethers to attend, gifts to exchange (along with new recipes) and laughter and love to share.

Some family members travel by plane or bus to attend our celebrations. Children who attend college are home for a month’s vacation and young ones enjoy seeing distant relatives and cousins. They play in the snow, go sledding or ice skating together.

Christmas dinner is extra fancy, filled with many special holiday foods and desserts. It’s a happy time, a time to remember our past and tell our favorite family stories. I know…the grumps and grouches and colorful relatives can be trying and spoil the mood, but, if not for them, whom would we have to talk about? They need the hugs and kisses shared so freely during this happy time.

Let’s remember the less fortunate among us, who are having hard times, by donating food and our time.

I picked a star sugar cookie recipe for you to try for Christmas because it’s easy for young children to mix, roll, cut and fill this delicious cookie. It’s a great way to enjoy spending time with them then, after baking, to share a cup of hot chocolate and sample some cookies together.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Christmas Star Cookies

  • 1 1/3 c. shortening
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 egss
  • rind of one lemon, grated
  • 3 tbsp. Milk
  • 4 c. flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 jar grape jam (or any flavor you prefer)

Cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs, grated lemon rind and milk. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well and chill dough for one hour. Roll dough out onto a floured surface to a 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out stars with a star cookie cuter. Leave half the stars intact and cut a small, round hole in the other half of stars. Bake stars 7 to 10 minutes or until slightly browned. Cool thoroughly. When ready to put cookies together, spread jam on top of the solid stars, top with stars with holes; fill holes with more jam and sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar. Place on a holiday tray and serve.

Annette Sica is a resident of Baldwinsville. Years ago, she used to write a column for the Baldwinsville Messenger titled Coffee with Annette and she is happy to be writing cooking columns for her community again.

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