I made the Amish Sugar Cookies, tied them up with the book and added a flouncy bow. I had the heart-shaped measuring spoons and thought it made a nice finish to the gift. I knew I wanted to give it to Eva, a special little girl from our church. Eva lives with two brothers but still enjoys all things girly. She writes me sweet notes. Besides that, she loves books and you know how I feel about that! I wish I would have taken a picture of her with the gift. Her daddy is the sound guy at church so I just put it in the sound room. When she came to thank me after church I told her she could share the cookies with her brothers. She said, "I think there are 12 cookies." I loved it.
When I saw how cute the gift turned out, I immediately ordered another book. This one goes to another little girl from church, Katie. Her parents have only been coming to our church for a year, but they are such a blessing. Her father plays his trombone and they are sweet parents. Katie sang, "I Want to Marry Daddy" for Father's Day. It was so special and touching, too, when her daddy wiped his tears.
The Amish Sugar Cookie recipe is from my long-time friend, Sue. Her sons attended the school RB was principal of when we lived in Bedford. She knew I loved these cookies so whenever she made them she would send a few to me with her sons. Sue is so artistic with everything she touches so they were always tied with ribbon and had one of her tiny notes attached. There is a sugar cookie recipe in the back of the book, but I didn't try it since it's hard to improve on perfection. And to me, that's what the Amish cookies are to me.
The depression glass sugar bowl I use to press the cookies with was the one my mother used. It was handed down from my Grandma Cessna. I get delight by using it because of the nostalgic feeling it raises, but I also smile because every time my siblings are reminded "I have the sugar cookie bowl," I hear, "I can't believe you bummed that off mom. She loves you best." Believe me, they don't mean it, but it's fun anyway. After all, I am the one that collects pink depression glass!
The book cost has gone up, but my cost for this gift was $6.20. The measuring spoons were from JoAnns for $1.00. I was trying to find the book cheaper than the $9.35 it is now and found this adorable video clip. So whip up a batch of sugar cookies. It makes a lot, so I have two tiny bags to take to church for 2 elderly couples. And yes, like Sue's, they are tied with ribbon.
Amy has other books in this series. I can't wait to get the Christmas one. Won't it be adorable with cut-out cookies and a cookie cutter tied on top?
Amish Sugar Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup margarine
1 cup oil
41/2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cream of tarter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
In large mixing bowl, cream sugars, margarine, oil and eggs together. Sift dry ingredients together, then add to creamed mixture. Blend well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Makes about six dozen.