Great-Grandma's Butter Dream Cookies
The recipe for these Butter Dream Cookies (or cherry cookies, as I call them) started with Great-Grandma Helen Huebner (that's her with Great-Grandpa Arthur). Her parents brought the recipe with them from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, an area just south of Denmark, to Iowa. (Great-Grandma Reimer made them, too.) These cookies have been in Dad's family ever since, and Mom kept the tradition going after they got married and eventually moved to Indiana. My brother, Mark, and I were still little kids when we started helping Mom make them every Christmas.
Even though Mark and I are in our 20s now—and he's married and lives in Dallas—we still request them every Christmas. (Mom even sends them to Texas if Mark and Shari can't make it home.) I tried baking them at my Des Moines apartment, but they weren't as good as Mom's. Maybe I'll master cookie baking this year. If not, I know Mom will have a batch waiting.