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Catholic Recipe: Jesse Tree Cookies


  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 1 hour, and chilling time
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin:

These cookies would make a wonderful dessert on Sundays during Advent.


Blend butter, sugar, egg, extract, salt. Add flour, mix thoroughly. Stir in oats. Chill dough. Roll out to 1/8 thickness. Cut, bake at 350 degrees, 8 to 10 minutes. Unless by the time you read this, some enterprising firm has already put out a line of Jesse Tree cutters, you will have to make your own out of cardboard or tin or freehand knife.

Recipe Source: Holy Housewifery Cookbook by Ethel Marbach, Abbey Press, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, 1968
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