Friends, in December of 2006, I was working daily from a cubicle on the fourth floor at Unum as a Disability Benefits Specialist. My sweet Isaac was 6 months old, and though he and Emily were in excellent care at their Grandmama’s house, most days I sat at my desk with a heavy, heavy longing in my heart to be at home.
The song, “I’ll be home for Christmas” seemed extraordinarily torturous to me that year. At that time, I had no idea that God was about to perform a miracle and within the next few months I would indeed be home with my babies for good. I can’t look back at that time in my life without remembering some of the graces the Heavenly Father provided to me, which lightened my spirits and gave hope.
One of my favorite memories happened a few days before Christmas. My boss, Nicky Davis, brought cookies to work to share with our team. It seems like it was yesterday, even though it actually was seven and a half years ago. I can’t forget how that warm spicy cookie and it’s cool creamy frosting tasted the first time it crossed my lips. Don’t ask how many I ate that day, but they warmed my heart. She wrote out the recipe for me because I loved it so much. And I’ve made them every year since. When I do, I’m reminded to never underestimate just how much a tiny sweet morsel might mean; even the smallest gestures matter.
With a hearty dose of good cheer, I offer you this lovely cookie recipe!
1 c butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp rum extract
2 cups flour (sifted)
2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
Instructions: Cream butter and sugar til fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and rum extracts and mix well. Combine flour nutmeg, salt and add to creamed mixture. Chill well. Allow 1 tbsp dough for each cookie, shape into balls. Bake on ungreased sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven – 12-15 minutes. cool.
a tiny bit of advice: The more nutmeg you use, the warmer the cookie will seem. And the more rum you use in the frosting, the cooler it will be on your tongue! The combination is almost divine!
1/4 c butter
2 1/2 c confectioners sugar
1 tsp rum ex
1/2 tsp vanilla ex
3 Tbsp milk sprinkle of nutmeg.
Instructions: Beat together butter & sugar. add milk and flavoring. Spread gently on cooled cookies. Mmmmmm – they are warm and cool in your mouth all at the same time! Perfectly paired with a cup of hot cocoa! Enjoy!