Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Amanda Cabot | Spread the Christmas Joy

Baked with Love

When I was growing up, Christmas was the time for baking. Not just any kind of baking, but specifically cookies. Oh, my mother made the annual fruitcake along with pumpkin and mince pies, but what the four of us kids liked best were the cookies. Not only were they fun to eat, but we had fun making them. It was a group project to assemble everything from pfeffernusse (a German cookie that really does have pepper in it) and Russian tea cakes to date pinwheels. And of course there were the cookies we cut out in the shapes of trees, stars, reindeer. You name it, and if it had a Christmas theme, chances are good we made it. At least in my memory, the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas was filled with many hours in the kitchen, turning dough into delicious cookies.  
As much as we enjoyed the cookies we’d made, the truly special ones were the ones that came in the mail carefully packed in plain popcorn. Our paternal grandmother didn’t have much money, but each year she made her special Christmas doll cookies for her grandchildren. These were as different from the cut-out cookies we made as Christmas was from Fourth of July. We used a variety of shapes. She used only one. Our dough was gingerbread. Hers was classic sugar cookie. Ours were thin and crisp. Hers were thick and chewy.

The biggest difference, though, and what made Grandma’s cookies so special is that they were baked with love. They were a gift of time, talent and caring as well as flour, sugar and eggs. And that’s why, though decades have passed since my siblings and I received our last box of Grandma’s cookies, I still smile as I remember them.

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Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels including the Texas Dreams trilogy, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. A former director of Information Technology, she has written everything from technical books and articles for IT professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for all ages. Amanda is delighted to now be a fulltime writer of Christian romances, living happily ever after with her husband in Wyoming.

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