December 5, 2017 by

Stitching and Cookies, Week 1


Categories: Christmas, cooking, cross stitch

Holly’s Law says when you don’t put pressure on yourself to get a finish, you’ll get a finish.  (If you want to get up to speed on what I’m working on and why, click here.)  During my stitching time, I mostly worked on Brittercup Design’s “Mine!”  Here it is … so cute.


I also put some stitches in on “Scandinavian Tree” by Scandinavian Stitches.

Scandinavian Tree

In the cookie department, I baked a batch of spice cookies.  I’ve been making these for almost twenty years … they are the perfect autumn/winter cookie, because of the molasses and fragrant spices.  They won’t be the most attention-getting cookies on your Christmas tray, but they are delicious and very addictive.

spice cookies


1-1/2 cups butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup molasses

4 cups flour

4 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. each ground ginger and cloves

1 tsp. salt

Additional sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add molasses; mix well.  Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Chill overnight.

Shape into 1/2-in. balls; roll in sugar.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 375 for 6 minutes or until edges begin to brown.  Cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack.  Yield:  about 20 dozen cookies.

3 Responses to Stitching and Cookies, Week 1

  1. Robin in Virginia

    Congratulations on your kitty ornament finish! So cute and love the colors! You have made good progress on the Scandinavian Tree. Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe and picture; now I have a hankering for a cookie or two.

  2. Honeybee

    I am so far behind on my blog reading, emails, and notes. Trying to catch up on the cookie recipes here. Love that you are just leisurely stitching through your Christmas smalls. That’s the way Christmas should be… not rushed off your feet to get things done. Enjoy my friend.

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