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Ps. I hope it isn't rude if I try them with bourbon. Everything tastes better with bourbon these days. And, I'v got a pretty bottle of Wild Turkey Traditions, 14 y.o. and 101 proof that I save for the best of things. xo
I would think chopped
My mom, for the record, usually left the pecans out. They're delicious just the same.
Ma Savage, no one has forgotten you.
These cookies are crumbly, and good with milk. But they're not good for dunking in milk.
There's a lot of butter in these cookies -- and, consequently, they can burn pretty quickly. It's like the bottoms, if you overcook them just a bit, fry in the butter and burn.
20 minutes tops -- the cookies are soft-ish when they come out. Transfer them off cookie sheet with a spatula right away, gently setting them on counter, so they can cool. Don't wait for them to harden or set on the sheet before you transfer them... because then they'll burn. Let the sheet cool before you put more cookies on it. Keep two sheets rotating in and out of oven -- and only load up a sheet after it's been out of the oven for ten minutes or so.... otherwise the butter starts to cook on the hot sheet, and then the bottoms of the cookies burn before 20 minutes are up.
I'll make me a batch of these, and have a sob for your mom and my dad ... Christmas isn't the same when you are missing someone.
She became ill suddenly and died after emergency surgery. She was cremated, there was no funeral, and a year or so later, without consulting my brother or me, my dad took her ashes on a hike and scattered them in an area where they had had one of their first picnic dates as a young couple.
I understand and forgive, because my dad was away when she became ill and did not exactly rush back after I called him. She died about four hours before he returned by car, and I was alone with her. My dad's grieving has always been intensely private; he left his wife and his children behind to be with "his" family when his father died (I was in my mid-teens) and 17 years later when his mother died, he did the same thing. He did take care after scattering my mom's ashes to show me on one of his topographic maps, and mark with a small X, where he had been. I don't want to go there yet. I picked out the clothes that my mom was cremated in, and took her regular hair stylist up on her incredibly kind offer to wash and set her hair in the mortuary. Having sat alone with my mom in the ICU after they removed the tubes and having held her hand while it was still warm, I did not want to see her before cremation, but found enormous comfort and a wry chuckle in knowing that her beautiful steel-gray hair was as she liked it.
Grief does not dissipate for anyone, but dysfunction and lack of acknowledgement make it even harder.
*allergic SO over here*
A big virtual hug being deeply sent. Take care.
@ 5, 10, & 12, And, thanks again, Dan, from my husband's mom's sugar cookies (she died when he was a teen), to her butter cookies, will add your mom's recipe, (plus some buttered-rum Lamingtons for my birthday), some sweet in the biittersweetness of this year. There is a lot of baking to be done.
Just went back and read through the comments from the original post last year, and some of them here...wow, holidays are such mixed blessings, both heartwarming and painful.
May peace hunt you down and dog your every step ;-)
Incidentally, my parents (who despite being devout atheists take Christmas pretty seriously) are coming to visit me in Boston this year, instead of having me fly down. These cookies sound like a great way to ward off the cold. :-)
German, Irish, Scotch Irish, French, and Seneca. I get the tension thing. Thank you for remembering. She (and three others) passed earlier this year. It's been a very hard year.
Wishes for your peace being deeply sent. Take care.
I dunno about Snowe -- I'll believer her when I see her vote. But that said, I think there's a good chance it will pass the Senate.
I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds like you were the best son your mom could have asked for.
And I'm sorry for your dad, too, because he closes himself off to the comfort and support he could be finding in his family.
But everyone mourns differently.
I'm a mom,and even though I'm an atheist who doesn't believe in any kind of afterlife, I believe that a mother's love for her children is so strong that something of her essence remains guarding them even when she's no longer part of this world.
My mother also made various sweets and baked goods, although her classic was Peanut Butter Buckeyes. I will roll up a batch of Ma Savage's Christmas cookies and toast both our wonderful mothers, Dan.
The pecan chunks enhance the turd look.
I went to copy and paste so I could print and POOF.
I'm only in my early twenties, and both my parents remain, but I had adearly loved great-great-aunt who passed this October at the very respectable age of 98 and was the finest cook I ever had the fortune to know, and I was lucky enough that she passed her own book of recipes down to me. Auntie was a very capable woman - she broke her collarbone aged 95 carrying a bag of compost out of her car - who kept all her dignity and faculties up until the very end, and I plan on remembering her this Christmas with batches of her unrivalled shortbread, and next year with the justly famous Christmas cake she sent to each little unit of our massively extended family (we're descended from a huge farming family from Cumbria, and we cover most of the UK and a fair chunk of the world besides by now).
It's funny how something so simple as a recipe can be so moving. Thank you for sharing this one with us, Dan. You and your mother will be in my thoughts when I bake this Christmas.
the xmas hating homoliberalhumanistheathens could make these little turd balls every xmas as a sacrament to the blessed madona, mother of the chosen one....
every cult needs some rituals.
why should danny's credulous fanboys (and fanfaghags....) be left out?
(wash them down with koolaid....)
in that case use them unshelled