Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: Horseshoe Cookies

    INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats, uncooked
  • Details

  • Yield: 3 dozen cookies
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Poland

Americans have set aside November 11 as Armed Services Day. It is fitting that on our calendar of saints the saint of the day was a military man.

St. Martin, born in Hungary of pagan parents in the fourth century, became a Christian catechumen against his parents' wishes, and when he was 15, he was forced by his father to enroll in the army. On a bitter cold day in Amiens, Martin, on horseback, met a beggar shivering and freezing in the icy wind. Instantly, he slashed his cloak in two with his sword and gave the beggar half. That night, he saw a vision of Our Lord clothed in the half cloak and heard Him say to the angels, "Martin, yet a catechumen, hath wrapped Me in this garment." Shortly afterward, Martin was baptized. He stayed in the army until he was 40, when he retired to take holy vows and live as a hermit. So great was his reputation for sanctity that he was made Bishop of Tours in 371. With enormous zeal he succeeded in converting his whole diocese, replacing pagan temples with churches.

Although St. Martin's life was austere and sober, his day was always celebrated in the Old World manner, with feasting, merriment, and thanksgiving for harvest foods. In Poland rich cookies shaped like horseshoes were baked for St. Martin's snow-white horse, on which he "comes riding through the snow" when one least expects him.

DIRECTIONS

Cream butter or margarine; add sugar gradually while continuing to cream; beat until fluffy. Stir in vanilla, flour, and salt. Blend in rolled oats. Roll out about 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured board. Cut in strips 6 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. On ungreased cookie sheets shape strips to resemble horseshoes. Bake at 325° for 20 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove carefully, as cookies are very rich and break easily.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965
Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17