The first step in holiday baking, for me, is taking stock of what I’ve got, figuring out what I need, and then preparing my shopping list to ensure that I’ve got all of your ingredients and don’t get caught short and need to make an emergency run to the store for a missing item. (Of course, that typically happens, anyway.) That means pulling out what’s in the cupboard, in terms of spices and other essentials, then going through my stack of recipes to determine which cookies I’l be baking this year, and then matching up what’s on hand with what’s needed as I assemble my shopping list. It takes some time, so I’ve decided to get an early start this Saturday morning and, I hope, beat the rush at our neighborhood grocer.
I always like to try baking some new cookies, and this year one of new efforts will be White Velvet Cookies, using a recipe suggested by Webnerhouse reader Betty. Thanks, Betty! It’s her grandmother’s recipe, and the cookies get Betty’s highest recommendation. You can find the recipe, in her grandmother’s excellent handwriting, at the link above, along with a photo of Betty’s grandma and the cookies, too.
As a general rule, handwritten recipes are good recipes. I’m an admitted exception to that rule, however: my handwriting is illegible to everyone except me, and sometimes even I can’t read it. Fortunately, Betty’s grandmother has excellent penmanship.