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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Traditions of the Season

A light dusting of snow has been forecast for the end of this week.

...and so the vanilla sugar has been put up...

...the sacred, ancient recipe has been unearthed...


¾ c  vanilla infused sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
10 oz butter
1 pkt vanilla sugar
3 c flour
Icing sugar and jam to finish
  1. Mix all dry ingredients
  2. Rub in butter
  3. Add eggs and egg yolk
  4. Roll on lightly-floured board
  5. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 325 for 12-15 minutes until pale yellow
  6. Sandwich with jam and dust with icing sugar

...the baking will begin so tradition may be honoured and the soul invoked to embrace the spirit of this season.

Such a beautiful time of the year.


  1. I am glad you put this on your blog because now there will be a record of the recipe because I think the old one is about to disintegrate.

  2. Lady Magnon made our Christmas Puddings yesterday; what an evocative aroma they leave in the house.

  3. Picked up my flour, brown sugar, fine sugar, new box of soda, pecans and cocoa yesterday. I'm ready..well ..almost <3

  4. The recipe must have had generations of happy use, and caused the existence of thousands of krunsis, whatever they may be. Now we all want to have one and see.

  5. Can I just say your pictures each day always make me smile and feel that there is such beauty in every object.Thanks for that...Your recipe reminds me of our book of my Nanas,rusty spots and drops of something?from days gone by.

  6. BL - thank you. This recipe came from my late MIL, who inherited them from her mother. She (literally) kept them in a plastic shopping bag in a cupboard. Since her death, we have taken them out, translated and copied as many as we could. I've baked these cookies so many times, I should know the recipe by heart.
    Mise...a very simple, pale, butter cookie. But one that melts in your mouth...and when it is sandwiched with the finest of jam and dusted in icing sugar, it becomes a burst of flavour...and usually a coating of sugar all over one too!
    Thank you Anne...isn't Christmas wonderful? sound just about ready to me. I too made the Costco run for the sugar and butter, and ground almonds the other day. Thank goodness I don't have to go back for a while now!
    The sounds and smells of this time of year are heart-piercing aren't they Cro? have no idea how 'slick' those recipes are now. We (the family) mostly know them by heart...but for my girls it's like having Grandma around just to see the original.

  7. Just lovely. Thanks for bringing me a moment of beauty today!

  8. Jacqueline, I see the recipe has 3/4 cup vanilla infused sugar plus one packet vanilla sugar - how large is the packet and what is the difference?

  9. Yum! And beautiful!

    I might just have to give in to some holiday baking now!

  10. What a wonderful recipe handed down. I really enjoy dishes, photos, and treasures that are handed down to us from our loved ones. I appreciate them, as I lost my father over twenty years ago and my mother almost three years ago. They are in my heart everyday, and their traditions will live with me forever. I really liked this post, as handed down tradions are a blessing to me.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley


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