Sunday, December 5, 2010

Baking with Heart

The table is set for a party, and you will note that the cookies are marked "sugar free" to insure having a sweet offering to those who need to avoid sugar.  Aunt Ruth cooks the way she lives; thinking of others, and today, I was sitting in her kitchen with a menorah behind me talking about Christmas cookies.

Aunt Ruth grew up in a neighborhood that didn't have any other Jewish families, and her mother baked delicious Christmas fare to deliver to everyone.  My grandmother's home was kosher, so you might not imagine her to be cutting out cookie dough with Christmas tree cutters and stars.   My grandmother loved all people, and she taught Aunt Ruth and her sister, my mother, to feel the same way.

In the spirit of the holidays, compassion, and cookies, Aunt Ruth offers her favorite cookie recipe on the blog that doesn't use eggs in case someone needs an eggless delight!  She says they are delicious and passes this onto all with her sincere wishes for your good health, happy holidays, and her appreciation for your interest in her.

Cookies without Eggs for Any Occasion
2 C flour
8 heaping teaspoons confectioner's sugar
2 sticks of margarine
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 C walnuts, finely chopped

Put all the ingredients in the processor EXCEPT the nuts.  You'll add those at the last minute.  For the dough into a ball and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.   Add nuts and roll into little balls.  Press them with a fork to make a criss-cross pattern.

Bake at 375 for 13-15 minutes

When cool, sprinkle with sugar in red, blue, green, or any holiday color!  That is the point!

If you have any questions or requests for Aunt Ruth, please leave your comments here, on Facebook, or email directly to me at

See you in the kitchen!


  1. No one does Christmas cookies better than our elders!

  2. Hmmm, that sounds good. I already copied the recipe and hope to try it out soemtime this week. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Such a wonderful lesson in giving to others.

  4. Baking, and cooking are labors of love. We do it to express that love for those around us.( but you knew that)
    I grew up in the messiest, cluttered house imaginable, a widowed mom (with a business to run), and a family always going in different directions.
    But, ours was the house our friends seem to gravitate to for impromptu get-togethers, holidays, and celebrations of both joy, and sadness. And looking back, It was because we cooked, entertained with grace, and our guests were our extended family. Happiest of holidays, and many more.

  5. Honey,
    Thanks for sharing your aunt Ruth and her recipes. I would love to get more recipes from her if she is willing to share. I once was invited to a luncheon in your home and it was absolutely wonderful from start to finish! Everything you did was amazing and a labor of love for my sister Rise, your friend. Clearly your aunt has taught you the most valuable life lessons. Friends and family are the most important treasures in our lives.
    I hope you and your family are well.
    Take care,