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
1/2 C rolled oats
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.
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