Weekend o’ Cookies II: Butter Cookies and Michigan Rocks

You’ve now seen four of the six types of cookies I made this holiday season. What? No you haven’t?

Well go here to see the thumbprints (with recipe!), here to see the kolaches, and here to see the chocolate chip and ricotta cookies.

Here are the final two starting with the scene of making the butter cookies:

making butter cookies

And here they are after baking:

butter cookies

And, last but certainly not least, Michigan Rocks full of dates and walnuts:

michigan rocks

And here’s a tray ready for delivery:

tray of cookies

Well really a red plastic plate covered in blue plastic wrap, tied together with a gold bow. It’s easier to see the cookies through the wrap in person by the way.

And now I ask you:

can anything else say “AUGURI!” like a plate of American cookies?

I didn’t think so either.

By the way, if anyone would like recipes for these, just send me an email.

So is everyone ready for Christmas or what?

19 Beans of Wisdom to “Weekend o’ Cookies II: Butter Cookies and Michigan Rocks”
  1. Poppy Fields

    Awesome cookies!
    Merry Christmas, and no, I’m not ready yet, but almost πŸ™‚

  2. Giulia

    You’re going to deliver a plate on up to me too, right? I’ll be waiting! πŸ˜‰ I’ll be doing some baking myself tonight. But, I stop at one version of cookie… chocolate chip. That’s my limit.

    *running to get a nice tall glass of milk ready* πŸ™‚

    Wishing you, P, Luna and Stella a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

  3. Frances

    My mouth waters and my heart warms every time I visit your blog.
    Wishing you all a fabulous holiday.
    Much bloglove,
    Buona Natale

  4. qualcosa di bello

    almost ready!!! i like when my Christmas “to do” list only contains the following…bake the last 3 batches of cookies, cook dinner & visit with friends!

    that plate looks like i should reach through the screen & take one or two cookies…yummy!

    buon natale~~~~

  5. My Melange


    I had my first Chirstmas yesterday, with my brother, his wife and my adorable nephew!! We ahd a great time!! Still more wrapping to do for the rest of the clan…but my shopping is done. And BTW, I didn’t bake ONE Christmas cookie this year..so your look delcious!!

  6. Maddy

    I have one of those thingummies hiding at the back of the cupboard somewhere. I only used it the once and nearly broke my hand off – you need the strength of a body builder to use one of those.
    Best wishes

    This is my calling card or link“Whittereronautism”which takes you straight to my new blog.

  7. Roam2Rome

    Very Yummy! we’ve done our share of baking this year, and it’s always wonderful, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

    Buon Natale!

  8. sognatrice

    *Meredith, thanks, and you still have plenty of time to get fully prepared πŸ˜‰

    *Giulia, magari! I think after this escapade I’m going to have to keep a steady supply of chocolate chips around for whenever the mood strikes. They are *far* too good to eat only once a year! Thanks for your wishes, and I pass along the same to you πŸ™‚

    *Frances, aha! Then I’m doing my job πŸ˜‰ Happy holidays!

    *Qualcosa, fabulous to-do list! In the home stretch now πŸ™‚

    *Robin, so fun! And you’re welcome to any of my cookies that you’d like πŸ™‚

    *Maddy, you mean the cookie press? I think your dough was probably too hard if you had trouble pulling the trigger–I noticed that as my dough sat, the harder it got, and the harder using the machine got too. But at the get go with pretty sticky dough, it was actually really easy.

    *Roamer, sure is! This is the first time I’ve ever made a production of it myself and it was *so* worth it πŸ™‚

  9. SabineM

    I am not much of a baker, too precise. I am a cook! But this year I decided to make toffee and Peanut Butter Brittle! THOUGH, You cookies look very yummy…mouth watering good1

  10. The Other Girl

    I’ve been remiss about commenting lately, but I wanted to wish you and P (and your lovely girls) a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Yar. (I suppose I could fix that typo, but I sort of like it. Very pirate-y. So in that spirit: Feliz Navidad, Matey!) (Actually, I haven’t been drinking; why do you ask?)

  11. saraarts

    Your little flowers, both the round-petaled and the pointy-petaled, are so perfectly perfect! Are you using molds for some of them, or the press for all of them?

    I’m with Maddy. I’ve never been able to get a press to work, either. But my mom had this thing that was like a rolling pin covered with little molds. You ran it over the dough, and it both cut and sculpted it into dozens of perfect tiny cookies.


  12. Joy T.

    Stopping by and de-lurking to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  13. sognatrice

    *Sabine, they sound absolutely delicious! Happy holidays!

    *The OG, ahoy lady! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Happy holidays πŸ™‚

    *Sara, it’s all the press and it’s really easy. I just happened to find one here (wasn’t even really looking because I didn’t expect to find one) and it’s of the “gun” variety. My mom has one that just twists and she has even more success, being able to make the cookies smaller. The trick really is the dough I think–it has to be pretty soft and sticky. If you want the recipe for those I can pass it along!

    That rolling pin contraption sounds cool! Next year I’ll make some cutouts with old-fashioned cookie cutters–but my mom has to send me some first b/c the ones that I found here were all so boring.

    *Joy, ciao! Nice to see you and I hope you and your family have a lovely holiday season πŸ™‚

  14. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

    These look beautiful Sognatrice! I love those little silver balls…I didn’t see any out there this year!

    Happy Holidays and best wishes to you and yours!

    Buon Natale!

  15. Ninotchka

    Oh those butter cookies are my absolute favorite. They’re just delightful! (I’m sure they taste delightful too.)

    Merry Christmas!


  16. sognatrice

    *Jenn, finally a baking supply that I can find in Italy that is hard to find in America! Sorry. I can send you some πŸ™‚

    *Nino, the butter cookies are definitely one of my favorites–especially since my mom came up with a little change in the recipe….

  17. Zandria

    It looks like you’ve been doing a crazeeee amount of baking…yum, yum!

    Merry Christmas!

  18. Debbie Egizio

    Your cookies look delicious!! Looks like you had a wonderful time preparing for Christmas!

  19. sognatrice

    *Zandria, yes I think you can safely say that πŸ˜‰

    *Debbie, I had a blast…can’t wait till next year πŸ˜‰

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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