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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

When you see an orange that looks like this...

You know that I am baking my Mother's decadent Christmas butter cookies.

That's the easy part.  Hiding them from myself is the difficult part.

Same recipe (follows), only stack 2 cookies together.

Fill center of cookies with home made preserves, then bake.


Cream together 1 cup unsalted butter
and 2/3 cup sugar
Beat in 1 egg,
1tsp vanilla, pinch of salt,
1 Tb orange rind,
1 Tb fresh lemon juice
Add 2 and 1/2 cups of sifted flour
Mix until well blended
spoon onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned
Cool (not chill) dough for 1 hour
Cut out 2 cookie shapes, same size, cut center hole into one cookie
stack and fill with preserves
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until barely colored at 350 degrees.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Happy baking, my dear Blogging Friends.




  1. Gina, this is the time of year that I always do my sugar cookie baking and might just try your variation. I do love orange with a bit of vanilla. Sorry though not to have any of your famous homemade jam!

    Best wishes.

  2. Oh yum. Those are delicious, I bet! I have to save this recipe. Happy holidays to you and yours, Gina! xo

  3. Hi Frances, I think that you will like these cookies. If you like very sweet cookies you might have to add a little more sugar. Let me know what you think. If you lived a little closer I would drop of a few jars of my preserves.

  4. Thank you Barbara. And happy holidays to you and yours. These cookies are very easy to make and get better as they age...that is if you can stay away from them.

  5. Hi lovely lady.
    Gina, Oh yummy this looks so good and your preserves are great sweet lady.
    XXOO Diane

  6. I am more attracted to the cookies with the irregular shapes. Those slightly browned edges are softly calling my name.

  7. Hello Diane, Thank you for visiting. Wish I could send a few of these delicious cookies your way. Happy Holidays.

  8. Thanks for the chuckle Mark. Exactly the way I see it. I can't walk past them. Now they're all gone.

  9. I would love to visit your kitchen, GIna, and especially when it is filled with the orange scent of these cookies. I love to bake but never do. D and I will eat all of whatever I make in one day. :)

    Wishing you and Gene a very happy holiday season. xo – g

  10. Oh, buttercockies!! Lovley! Like your beautiful jars so decorative.Katta

  11. Hello dear Georgianna, Received your most beautiful rose calendar for 2012. It is stunning. I am so delighted to have it.
    When it comes to cookies, the home baked kind, I have no discipline.

  12. Dear Katta, Have been enjoying your beautiful blog posts. Thank you for your visit. I'm so glad that you like my colorful jars...they're images from my hand painted ceramics.

  13. Dear Gina,

    I always enjoy my visits here...don't have my grandmother's famous cookie recipe...it didn't vanish she just never wrote it down...so I think I may adopt this one! Everything going on at your home looks amazingingly beautiful. Wishing you a peaceful and joyful Christmas season.


  14. Dear Jermaine, It's mutual admiration. I don't know of anyone who knows how to design a setting as beautifully as you do. Each and every time it is a pleasure to visit your blog. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season.
    Hope that you do try this cookie recipe. It is so very easy to make. Gina

  15. Those cookies are making my mouth water!

  16. Hello! We are neighbors at BNOTP Tablescape Thursday so I am stopping in to say hello and I am SO glad I did. I SO wish my computer was scratch and sniff. I LOVE butter cookies and yours look fabulous. I think I am going to have to give them a try. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  17. Hi Gina, these cookies look and sound delicious. Thanks so much for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and yours. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  18. Hi Marigener, these cookies were delicious and they only lasted a day. Thank you for your visit. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  19. Hi Tracy, How nice of you to stop by. Hope you tried the cookies. They are so simple to make. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Gina

  20. Hi Chris, Thank you for becoming a Follower. I appreciate all of you so very much. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New Year. Gina