I look and her hands are worn and yet each wrinkle tells a story of love. How many fevered brows have been caressed, seeds planted in gardens and put up in jars for winter, clothes mended and made, meals served all done for the least of these with fingerprints of love. She takes the rolling pin to lead the way. “Not too harsh or you’ll flatten it uneven and too soft you’ll be here all day.” We take and cut out tiny shapes and make them nice and even, little buttons of goodness that melt in the mouth.
Twenty-some years later this mom gathers her brood and memories flood and joy is found in the common, the reliving of what was now all the while praying these fingerprints tending to dough and delicate hearts will lead the way to ultimate Love come down at Christmas.
Cream Wafer Cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup of butter softened
1/3 cup whipping cream or half and half
Cream together, then wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Roll dough out to 1/8 inch thickness on lightly floured table. Cut out with tiny holiday cookie cutters big enough for one bite or 2 (my mom always used a donut hole cutter for tiny rounds like buttons). Transfer to a plate with 1/2 cup sugar and coat all sides with sugar. Use a fork to punch a row or two of holes all the way through the dough. Place on a cookie sheet and back at 350 for 7-9 minutes until the bottom is lightly brown. Cool and fill with a small amount of icing. Sandwich it with another matching cookie. Enjoy!
1/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
food coloring if desired
Beat together until fluffy.