Fruit Cookies

One of my fondest memories of the Advent season was my grandmother baking cakes and cookies, especially fruit cookies. These cookies were special, and I used to imagine they gave me super powers. I would climb my favorite tree with a pocketful of cookies, eat them slowly and imagine how to save the world from my lofty perch. My grandmother passed down the recipe to my mother, who gave it to Suzy right before we married.

For years, I would cut up the candied fruit and bake the cookies with a lot of help from Suzy.  We came close to my grandmother’s cookies but never quite the same. Maybe my grandmother failed to mention that she added a little bourbon to the recipe like she used to add to her fruit cakes. (My grandfather claimed the bourbon was a preservative).

Some things are never the same as we remember, and isn’t that a good thing. Memories are supposed to be special. We all have our own special memories about the Advent season some pretty funny and silly, and some so special they stay with us forever. This year take some time to draw on those memories maybe with a cup of egg nog or hot buttered rum by the fire.

Yes, Advent is a season of anticipation and excitement, but it is also a time to remember what was and is special in your life. The smells emanating from my grandmother’s kitchen were some of my best.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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