Before we get started baking cookies, I would like to talk about kindness. Tis the season to be jolly and kind, but a funny thing happens during the holidays, our hearts seem to grow a little bit larger just like Mr.Grinch. We should be commended for being so altruistic, but why should our hearts only grow larger during the Christmas season? Shouldn't we all be kind and nice all year round not just for the 31 days in December?
Kindness is always in season, always needed and if we can't give kindness, then we are lacking in personal growth. Who wants to admit that they are lacking in personal growth? Not me!
There are many ways to be kind to someone. It really should not take a lot of practice. It should be something within our life that is natural. After all, we should realize that we all need this act of compassion. We can never have too much Kindness.
"If you haven't charity in your heart, you have the worse kind of heart trouble." - Bob Hope
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy practice compassion." - Dalai Lama
"Today, I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true." - Robert Brault
And now for another great Christmas cookie recipe: If you have kids they will love-making these cookies with you. And if you don't have any kids borrow a few to help you, that would be a kind thing to do!
Branberry Tarts - An old English Christmas Cookie
Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Servings: about 5 dozen cookies
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups flour
Seedless jelly or jam (preferably currant or raspberry)
1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in the egg yolks, then the vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour until combined and smooth to form the dough ( the dough will be a bit stiff at the end, and you may need to add the last cup of flour by hand.)
3. Form the dough into small balls and make a depression in the middle with your thumb. Spoon a teaspoon or so of jelly in the depression. Space the cookies about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet and bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. But always check, because each oven cooks differently.
4. Cool on a rack.
As I was writing this recipe, I was thinking that this year I will start a new tradition. I am going make Christmas cookies, put them into holiday tins, and deliver them to some of my neighbors, some of them I don't even know. I think they will be surprised, but happy! Who doesn't like getting homemade Christmas cookies?