Why I don’t bake baby Jesus cookies

why i don't bake baby jesus cookies

I have a Nativity cookie cutter set.  I LOVE it.  Every time I see it in the drawer it makes me smile.  It brings back all the warm and happy holiday baking memories.  But I don’t bake baby Jesus cookies.

The set makes the whole nativity scene. It makes the whole scene including camels, wise men, sheep (very cute when frosted and then rolled in toasted coconut flakes), Joseph, Mary, angels, and baby Jesus.  It even has a cutter for making the walls of the creche.

When I first got the set, I made an elaborate set of nativity cookies using all the cutters (except the creche walls).  I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe and very carefully decorated each one.

Baby Jesus got a crown of silver balls. Mary got a blue dress.  I made lots and lots of sheep for the family to eat.

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It’s not Christmas without my Sugar Cookie Recipe

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I grew up with these as the “go-to” sugar cookie recipe of the family.

I have many fond memories of cutting out shapes, decorating with sprinkles, and baking the cookies with my mom.  But technically, these aren’t sugar cookies.  The original recipe called them “old fashioned tea cakes” and it was from the 1953 edition of the Red River Cookbook published in Shreveport Louisiana (and currently out of print).

When I first became a mom, I couldn’t WAIT to share the holiday sugar cookie tradition with my boys.

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