Who knew a cookie recipe could have such a hold on childhood Christmas memories – but oh does it ever when it comes to my Aunt Sis’s Santa Claus Cookies!
There isn’t a Christmas season that goes by that I don’t think about my Aunt Sis and her Santa cookies. To get my hands on one as a child was pure joy. Those perfectly decorated Santa’s weren’t just delicious, they were downright amazing!
And this past week, thanks to Mary, one of my cousins, and some help from a few of my sisters too, I was able to relive the excitement and anticipation of tasting one of those cookies from her recipe for the first time in nearly 30+ years.
And did it ever bring Christmas memories flooding back in an instant!
My Aunt Sis’s Santa Claus Cookie Recipe
It was a tradition among my extended family to visit each household during the Christmas season. I still remember fondly heading over to all of my Aunt and Uncles houses during Christmas break.
And coming from a large family, there were a lot of houses to visit! But it was always so much fun. Not only would we get to see many of our cousins, there was always incredible food too. And yes, amazing cookies!
Whether it was heading to Aunt Helen & Johnny’s, Aunt Bernie & Carl’s, Aunt Mary & Leo’s, or to any other of my many Aunt & Uncle’s homes, the food and laughter of the day simply made the Christmas season all it should be and more.
I certainly loved every house we went to. But as a child, there was one visit I always secretly looked to more than any other – and that was the trip to see my Aunt Sis and Uncle Eddie.
Visiting Sis & Eddies At Christmas
For one, there was always something fun to do there. I remember heading out on the pond in front of their house to ice skate. Or playing checkers and card games in the basement. But more than anything else – there was the anticipation of Aunt Sis giving us one of her Santa Claus cookies!
I still remember well the conversations from my mom in the car heading to Sis and Eddies. You know, the one where you are gently reminded of your manners. Don’t ask for the cookie. Only take one. Say Thank You. And of course, never ask for a second cookie unless she offers!
Unfortunately, my Aunt Sis passed away some years ago. But her spirit always live on, especially when Christmas rolls around. No matter the year, it always lets me remember just how special she was, and just how special all of our family moments and memories are.
The Recipe Lives On…
And so it was that this year, Mary asked me if the recipe was still held by any of the family. That if she could, she would try to recreate a cookie or two for me.
Well, as you can imagine, that set the wheels in motion. A text to my cousin Marty hit the proverbial jackpot. Sure enough, she knew right away what cookie I was talking about. Even better, she still had the recipe on an index card.
And with the miracle of modern technology, within a few minutes, there we were staring at Aunt Sis’s magical Santa Claus Cookie Recipe!
Mary went on line, and with description help from my sisters, found a close replica of the Santa cutout to use. Click here to find more Santa Cookie Cutter.
It wasn’t until asking my own sisters and family about the decorating of the cookie that I found out that Aunt Sis’s Santa Claus recipe and cookies were a big memory for all.
They could recall she used coconut to decorate his beard. And split a raisin in half for his eyes. And without fail, every one I spoke to about the cookie, and yes, even my mom – asked to have one made for them too!
That First Bite! Remaking The Santa Claus Cookie Recipe
As Mary finished decorating the first few and put them in the refrigerator to chill, it was like being a kid all over again. Waiting, waiting, and then that taste – it was nothing short of magical! All of those memories rushing back at the same time in one single bite. Well, then, many more bites!
Although we write out a lot of recipes for our sites into digital form – this one will always simply stay on that index card. It is where it belongs. And for all who try it, may it somehow bring a little joy to your home this Christmas Season too!
Here is to Christmas traditions, and to making memories to last a lifetime, just like Aunt Sis’s Santa Claus Cookie Recipe did for me. Merry Christmas! Jim and Mary.
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