Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Starlight Cookies for the last week of Advent

We found this recipe for a gift mix online and adapted it to use as a special Advent cookie. They would make lovely pre-Christmas gifts, made into mix kits, with the following instructions printed out and tied on with a ribbon. You might also want to just commemorate the journey of St. Joseph and Mary with your own family by making these the last week of Advent.

Starlight Cookies
To be made on or for Christmas Eve
in Honor of our Blessed Mother's and St. Joseph's
Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem

Contained in this jar:

Chopped Walnuts to represent the rocky road the little family traveled on
White chocolate chips for the stars in the sky
Dried cranberries whose tarness symbolize the doors shut to Mary and Joseph
Sugar to represent the snow
Brown sugar for the brown hills of Bethlehem
Rolled oats to symbolize the animals in the stable where they found shelter
Flour for the simple goodness of the shepherds in the fields they passed

To make the cookies:

Think of the preparation St. Joseph and Our Blessed Mother must have made for this journey to Bethlehem: Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.

For the light of Heaven: In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg, and 1 tsp of vanilla until fluffy.

Add the hardships of the journey to the light of Heaven: Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets

Remember the hardships of Jesus' life on earth and His passion: Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until edges brown.

Anticipate His coming: Cool on baking sheets or remove to cool on wire racks.

Appreciate the joy and promise of His birth: Enjoy eating them!

Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

(Makes app. 18 cookies.)

*We made several of these gift jars to sell as fund raisers at our parish St. Nicholas Festival last weekend. To pepare the jar ingredients, layer the following:
1 C plus 2 T all-purpose flour
*mixed thoroughly with*
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
*followed by*
1/2 C rolled oats
1/3 C packed brown sugar
1/3 C sugar1/2 C dried cranberries
1/2 C white chocolate chips
1/2 C chopped pecans
Here's how they looked when we were all done.

Now, you really should run on over to Rocks in My Dryer for all the amazing tips and tricks at Shannon's weekly Works-for- me-Wednesday extravaganza!


Eileen said...

What a fun idea! I'll put making a jar of this on our list of daily "special advent activities" -- and then on Christmas Eve, we can bake them up! Plus, what a great Sunday School teacher gift this would make!


Sheila said...

I would like to make these with my kids to give to our friends. Can you list the ingredient amounts? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

What are the specific measurements for the jar ingredients?

Bia said...

Oh my gosh this is such a good idea. But what are the amounts for the dried ingredients?

Laurie said...

Very sweet! Thanks - I'll be making some for gifts!

Jessica said...

This is wonderful!!

Would you be willing to submit this as a guest post on Catholic Cuisine?

SuzyQ said...

"Starlight Cookies"
Well I had to link to this one didn't I ;0)
It's on my sidebar till Christmas Lisa.
Looks Yummy!

Lisa said...

Eileen ~ &:o) That would be a good purpose for it, wouldn't it? I hadn't even thought of that! We'll have to make some more up for our Sisters!

Sheila, Anonymous, Bia ~ Yeah, goodness! Can you believe I left that out!? Comes from not editing! (You know about our emergency, though...) Anyway ~ &:o) I did go back and add in the dry ingredients measurements. They're in the orignal post now!

Laurie ~ I'm pleased you can use it! &:o)

Suzy ~ LOL! I'm so slow.... I didn't make the connection at first, but, it's so perfect for "Sailing by Starlight'! &:o) I love it! Thank-you for the link!

Mamabear said...

I just wanted to let you know that I'm giving these out as our little Christmas gift to school mates, godchildren, family friends, etc. I found really cute Christmas bags and accessories to match, so we're bagging vs. jarring.
Thanks for the idea, the story and the recipe!