Little gems… the butter kind

An old family favorite, these little butter cookies are a recipe from my mom’s long ago co-worker back in the day when she was one of the girls in the pool of clerks at Met Life in NYC.  Apparently Dolores was quite a cook, we’ve been making her cookies ever since… and in our house, they mean Christmas.  The tradition grew yet again when my dad set up shop in our little studio in ’69, and mom baked up a batch right before Christmas to share with holiday shoppers.  Year after year, folks stepped in from the chilly street, and as the frost covered over our plate glass window, peeked over the bench… “is it time for the cookies yet?”

Still today, though the studio is a memory, the cookies are made… and Christmas begins.  Many of our friends are already making their own batches with fond memories, and we hope you’ll try one, too.  Maybe you’ll look back one day and remember where these tiny delicate gems came from, handcrafted with love.

Dolores’s Butter Cookies
350˚ for 19 minutes

1 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp almond flavoring

Cream butter and sugar,
add egg and beat well.
Add all ingredients.
Drop by teaspoonfuls into small rounds on cookie sheet (do not grease).  Enjoy!

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1 Comment to Little gems… the butter kind

  1. December 22, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I’m inspired! Let the baking begin. And I love the history of this recipe. And will revisit my fond memories of visiting the studio.