This year each family member picked a treat they wanted for Christmas, Littleness chose Cookie Press Cookies. She got to choose their shapes, colors, decorations, and even flavor. Above is Daelyn and I modeling our matching aprons made for us by our neighbor Theresa who is a magnificent seamstress. She even stitched our names on our aprons, mine saying “Robin Sue’s Big Red Kitchen!”
Let me tell you about our little Daelyn. Dae Dae is the youngest of our three children. She will be seven on Christmas Eve. In March, 2003, our adoption agency called and said, “How about a Christmas Eve baby?” The very next day Himself and I were in Ginny’s office looking at a photo of this adorable, little stranger exclaiming, “Yes!” Three months later, I and my friend Lori travelled to South Korea to meet and take Daelyn home, while Himself stayed home with the boys. Daelyn was 6 months old at the time and halfway through the airport, she realized something was terribly wrong; I was not her Foster Mother, whom she had been raised since birth. She threw her head back and wailed and did not stop. On the short flight from Korea to Japan she screamed and when I stood holding her at the end of that flight, I turned to apologize to the entire plane of passengers behind me. Instead of an angry mob, each passenger bowed to us in gratitude- they understood. From that point on to keep her calm, Daelyn was passed to Korean businessmen, missionaries, and grandmothers, all who had the language and touch familiar to her. When we got to the airport here at home, we were greeted by seventy of our closest friends and family holding signs and balloons of welcome. There her Daddy held her for the first time. When we got her home, her brothers, who were three and six, were most interested in her eyes and kept trying to open them wider. Our adoption journey has been quite adventurous and we are thankful for our little Blessing.
This is Daelyn’s Christmas Wish List. I think from this list you can see that Daelyn is the sweetest little girl under the sun. What child asks for mouthwash, tic tacs, and toothpaste? And do you see number 10- LOVE? This one made me a little nervous (and a little choked up too) thinking she felt that she does not get enough, but she said she gets plenty and always likes more. When I asked her how I would wrap love she said, “Wrap your arms around me and squeeze.”
1 cup butter, cut in small pieces
1 1/2 cups AP unbleached flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 drops Fiori di Sicilia, optional
In a stand mixer blend all ingredients until a dough is formed. At this time split and color dough using food coloring. Using your cookie press according to manufacturer’s instructions press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets. Decorate with sprinkles, colored sugar, or candies. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely on cookie sheet before removing. Store in an airtight container. These are extremely delicate, handle with care. Makes 3-4 dozen cookies depending on press.
Fiori di Sicilia from King Arthur’s is the best I have tasted. It is a taste like no other- oranges, vanilla, and flowers. It is very strong and a subtle use is better than overdoing it with this flavor. I lasts forever in the refrigerator. Try it.
These cookies have a delicate flavor and immediately melt in your mouth, I think they are one of my favorite Christmas Cookies. Thank you Michelle, you reminded me to make Cookie Press Cookies again after seeing your post about them!