Monday, December 17, 2007

The Spirit of Christmas......

The Sights of Christmas

There's no other time like Christmas.

As the season draws near, the yuletide
spirit beckons us to transform our
homes with holiday magic. Out come
cherished decorations, rich in memories
of Christmas pass. And with the
familiar treasures, we're also stirred to
create fresh new tributes to the season
trimmings, that are sure to become
tomorrow's heirlooms. Caught up in
the festive mood, we create a wonderful
atmosphere that becomes our special gift
endeavor that blesses, too.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I look forward to pulling out The Spirit of Christmas each year. It is filled with poems, recipes and craft and such a beautiful book. I wanted to share this cookie recipe with you. Thimble Cookies, tiny little cookies you actually use a thimble to cut out! But don't panic, you like me can use regular cookie cutters! :o) I hope you enjoy them.....

Pecan Thimble Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups pecans
1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

Combine the flour and pecans in a blender or food processor. Process until pecans are very fine. In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Stir in flour mixture. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, use a floured rolling pin to roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out dough using a thimble. Place on foil-lined baking sheet and bake 10 - 12 minutes or until very lightly brown.
Yield: about 50 dozen cookies

Variation: Cookie may be rolled out as directed above and cut out using desired cookie cutters. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.
Yield: about 5 dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies




Tea Time and Roses said...

Blogger is not being my friend today or yesterday!! I had the most difficult time on yesterday trying to post and upload photos. After several tries it look like all was well till today, no pictures!! So once again I tried to re-upload photos and oh my gosh!! I somehow erased half the post so I decided to begin again from the beginning. Unfortunately my comments had to go along too. :o( So I am keeping my fingers crossed, but I feel so sad about my first four visitors....bad blogger!!


Mary Isabella said...

What a beautiful book. I am enjoying the one I won in your give away. Merry Christmas

Marcela said...

Hello my friend
Beautiful book!!!
And I also love the one of your giveaway!!!
Have a blessed day

The Feathered Nest said...

Beverly, sorry about your blogger issues! I noticed some people said their banners had disappeared this week!

Thanks for the recipe! Using a thimble is cute but I think I need a bigger cookie so I'll use a regular cookie cutter.


Wild Rose said...

Hi Beverly,

I have had the same problem with blogger when trying to load photographs this week. I have also noticed that my blog banner has shrunk considerably and I had a look in one of their forums and it looks like they have changed the template settings.

Enjoy your Christmas reading.

Marie x

NAME: CIELO said...

Hi Bev.... sorry to hear about your blogging issue... sometimes is just like that. Nothing turns out the way we want or expected it to be. Keep smiling, though... :)

Ps: Those cookis looks yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

Enjoy the Season.


Britt-Arnhild said...

Timplecookies, that's too cute :-)
Makes me want to invite my teddy bears to tea.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Hello Beverly! Sorry I've been a bad neighbor :(
I have this book somewhere in this place...must go find it now!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a lovely book. Those cookies sound wonderful! I love that the original cookie is cut out with a thimble!! So cute!!

clara said...

I think I can finish the whole batch of cookies at one go! :-)
Thanks for the recipe.

Sadly, blogger's not behaving too well recently :-(


KJ said...

First of all, I love this particular book series. I discontinued it awhile back—meaning to pick it up again—and I never did. I love what you selected to share!

Also, I am having troubles with Blogger, too. Maybe it's experiencing mental pause, life myself! It keeps doing bazaar things. Tonight, it won't even let me change the colors on my blog because it doesn't fully load the template. If it keeps up, I am going to send them an email.

I am having an interactive Christmas story on my blog. I would love it if you added your imagination!

Don't you love the rain?

Huge Hugs, KJ

Carrie said...

The thimble cookies are so dainty. I have the Spirit of Christmas Book Nine and find it very inspiring too. Thanks for the lovely Christmas posts.

Linda said...

I have this book too, and I just love it.
This is my first visit and and I've enjoyed reading your holiday have a lovely blog, I'll be back. Linda

dottycookie said...

Ooooh those cookies sound good. I have pecans in the cupboard - I think I know what I'm making tonight!

Sweet Remembrance said...

The book & cookies look delightful!
Happy Holidays...
Priscilla said...

Hi Beverly,

What a wonderful post, it does show the lovely spirit of Christmas and the thought of thimble-cookies are just magical!

I hope you're enjoying the season as much as I am!

Annie's Abode said...

Lovely book!

Lovely recipe!

Lovely Beverly!

Have a great Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year.

All best wishes


Suzie Sews said...

As ever...beautiful words...AND if that was not enough you spoil us with a cookie recipe.
Wishing you and yours all the Blessings of Christmas
Suzie Sews

NAME: CIELO said...

Hi Bev... in case it gets crazy the next days and we don't get to meeting up here before the weekend, let me wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season and Many Blessings in the New Year!

I'm so glad to have met you this fall, and look forward to knowing you more next year and visiting your beautiful blog.


bj said...

Oh, Beverly, these sound just delicious! I am going to try making them, too. Yummy
Thanks for stopping by today. I have been so busy, I haven't blogged as much as I like. Everyone is in the same boat, I think.
hugs, bj

Tea said...

The cookies sound wonderful! Thank you for the recipe.:) I can see those actually made with a thimble and eaten by my dgds when they play with their little tea sets.

I've been having trouble with blogger, too. I may have to change to Wordpress. I hear it's better.

Marcela said...

Hi Beverly
I just wanted to say hello and I wish you Merry Christmas my friend

willzmom said...

Thanks so much for giving us a little Christmas spirit. The cookies sound yummy! So sorry you've had trouble with blogger-it doesn't always cooperate!

Nan said...

Have a Merry Christmas!

Ragged Roses said...

Those cookies look delicious Beverly. Wishing you and your family a wonderful, happy Christmas

Judy said...

Hi Beverly,
I used to have some of The Spirit of Christmas books and loved them. I've moved a couple of times and lost track of them, but enjoyed the memory here on your blog. As always, a lovely entry.
Hope you are enjoying a pleasant weekend!

Pinkie Denise said...

I love spirit of Christmas too, I have all the volumes, haven't had time to get them out though, loved visiting and thanks for sharing Pinkie Denise

LivingTheLife said...

The book and thimble cookies look and sound fabulous....

Just stopping by to wish you the Merriest of Christmas'...blessings to you and our family.

Merry Christmas...

Carrie said...

You are invited to visit the nativity scenes gallery posted Dec. 23 at Oak Rise Cottage blog. The collection includes over 50 countries from the various continents. Each nativity set expresses the story of Christ’s birth according to the perspective of the artist:
Hope to see you soon,

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Hi Beverly! Just stopping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas! =)

Betty Jo said...

Merry, Merry Christmas Dear Beverly! I'm so glad to have met you in blog land this past year. You are truly a Dear. The thimble cookie recipe sounds wonderful. I'll have to give those a try!

paru's_circle said...

all the best to you and yours, Beverley!

Melissa's Cozy Teacup said...

I have a couple of these kinds of books and this one too. I love them! So full of creative ideas and yummy recipes. Happy New Year!

The Liberty Belle said...

Wonderful blog! Please keep up the good work! I hope to try your recipe for the cute little cookies quite soon. I think they're probably just the thing for my "Mommy & Me Nursery Tea."