more party guests!

Happy almost Christmas!

The Cookie Party is still in full swing here at alphabet soup. My olfactories are picking up such tantalizing aromas swirling around blogland — lots of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, chocolate, and almond!!

It’s been wonderful checking out all the recipes, but I’ll let you in on a little secret:

The best part is getting to know the people associated with the recipes, and the stories that go along with them.

Remember when

 tossed some peanut blossoms our way? Well, the Queen of Love has posted another favorite: Mary’s Sugar Cookies. Sweetness personified!

And Mary Lee from A Year of Reading brought two delicious candy recipes, Peanut Clusters and Graham Cracker Crisps. Every year, Mary makes big batches of both, enough to give to about 100 of her closest friends, all of whom squeal with delight at receiving her homemade treats. Wouldn’t you? And each year her lucky students get to decorate cookies in class! Enroll me, now!

Earlier this week, I heard from Candice Ransom, whose antique elephant pens her own blog, called Ellsworth’s Journal. Recently, Ellsworth and The Writer’s cat, Winchester, staged "Winchester’s Christmas Carol." Talent, I tell you, talent. Anyway, along with her recipe for Pecan Cookies, Candice shares a beautiful memory of making cookies with her mother. Candice still has her mom’s one-handled rolling pin and cutters, as well as the little rolling pin and tiny dog cutter she used as a little girl. 

Yesterday, Wendy Betts, editor of Notes from the Windowsill (an online book review journal), outdid herself with two unique additions to our cookie platter: Flying Spaghetti Gingerbread Monsters and Stained Glass Cookies! I won’t spoil your fun by describing the monster cookies. Visit her blog and see for yourself! But I am going to share her Stained Glass Cookie recipe, which kind of proves the little theory I have going: people’s recipes really do reflect who they are. Wendy spends a lot of time on the Windowsill, so it’s no surprise she would bring cookies with little windows in them!


2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 T butter
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 T milk
life savers or similar candy in various translucent colors, finely crushed. (Separate the colors.)

Stir together dry ingredients, put aside. Beat butter and shortening together until softened. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla and beat well. Add flour mix and beat till well mixed. Divide dough in half, cover and chill at least 3 hours.

Roll dough 1/8" thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Cut out small shapes in the middle of the cookie. Place on foil-lined cookie sheet (very important!!). Fill the holes with different colored crushed candy. (Or use multiple colors in one hole, for an interesting effect.) Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes. The candy will melt for a stained-glass window effect that is very cool (and tasty).

Speaking of my little theory, 

has something going on with lumberjacks!

Very intriguing! Find out more tomorrow.

What do those lumberjacks have over us, Kelly?

Don’t be a party pooper! Share your recipe on your blog, then post the link in the comments, or email the recipe to: readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot com). View the full cookie platter here. Now pass me one of those stained glass cookies.

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