December is a paramount month filled with so many wonderful traditions. I find myself giddy with the merriment of expectation. Yes, I said giddy.
I have four grown children with children of their own now. One tradition that has withstood the passing of time is making cookies at Christmas. They aren’t what you might imagine. They aren’t the traditional sugar cookie or gingerbread men.
This cookie tradition actually began many years ago with my grandfather, who made these cookies with his children (my mom and her siblings). She then passed in on to my brother and me. When she came out for Christmas each year after I had children, she taught them how to make these cookies.
We are blessed that Gigi (because my mom would never consider herself old enough to be a great grandma…lol) has been able to share this tradition with my three grandchildren.
We call these cookies Poor Man’s Christmas Cookies because my grandpa’s family didn’t have a lot of money growing up, but they made do with what they had. What they had was enough with a lot of love sprinkled on top.
Today the tradition of making Grandpa Edwards’s cookies is one of our most treasured activities during the holidays.
So, here’s the recipe:
- You will need one box of graham crackers. This will be your top and bottom of the cookie sandwich.
- You make the icing below.
- Spread icing onto one graham cracker and place another graham cracker on top. Allow drying.
- Decorate the top of your cookie with colored icing.
Do you have a favorite cookie recipe?