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Mom’s Christmas Butter Cookies

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I had a rough day yesterday. First day back at work after the holidays and I get called into a meeting where my boss told me I was being laid off.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to blog about it. Mostly because it isn’t happy or cooking related. But I was sitting here at my kitchen table yesterday afternoon, sipping on some hot Irish Breakfast to alleviate my stress induced headache, and munching on these cookies; Mom’s Christmas Butter Cookies. I decided I was going to share both the cookie recipe (even though it’s not Christmas season anymore) and my bad news. Sometimes it’s good to talk.

There’s not much to it really. Just the reality of the world we live in. I was expensive and there are people overseas who are cheaper. So the bosses decided my position was no longer needed.

I’m an internet marketer and I worked for a small agency that provides that service to local businesses. My specific job was to increase Google organic traffic to client websites; a challenging task for one, let alone dozens of clients.

There’s a lot of grunt work involved, but I was able to work more efficiently by leveraging outsourced services where I hired and managed a team of national and international workers. I don’t miss the irony that it was this very tool that lead to the liquidation of my position.

I was angry, and still am disappointed, that I could so callously be tossed aside (and to be further insulted by my other boss n0t coming in that morning, so he would miss the lay-offs and desk cleaning). But I don’t begrudge them seeking to make their business more profitable. I simply wish they had done it by growing revenue instead of slashing costs.

Yet I’m also thankful. Thankful I was able to learn so much from such talented people during my time there. This blog is just one example of the many skills I picked up.

I’d have preferred to leave on my own terms, but losing my job to an outsource team has freed me to pursue ventures I previously shied away from due to lack of time or risk aversion. I don’t know where I’ll end up, but I am very optimistic about the future.

Thanks for reading. This has been very cathartic for me. I feel even better having shared this. I’ll get back to the food now. But if you are interested in following the trials and tribulations of a (temporarily) unemployed search engine marketer (my non-foodie life) check out my brandy new 2nd blog: State Side SEM.

Ok. On to the food!

My Mom has been making these cookies for Christmas since I was a little boy. We would always leave them out for Santa. This year my Mom sent us home from Christmas dinner with a tin packed full of these delicious butter cookies.

These aren’t strictly Christmas cookies. They are a delicious buttery cookie that you can savor any time of year (or devour all at once after getting laid off! hah).


Mom's Christmas Butter Cookies


  • 1 pound butter, softened
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
  3. If you want to color your cookies, divide your batter and add food coloring.
  4. Scoop a spoonful of cookie batter into cookie press attached with your preferred cookie shape. Follow directions of your particular cookie press to press out cookies onto a cookie sheet.
  5. Decorate tops of cookies with sprinkles.
  6. Bake cookies for approximately 10 minutes or until just starting to brown around edges.


30 thoughts

  • January 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

    So sorry to hear your bad news, Chris… weren’t we just joking that we wish this was our full time job, though? 😉

    On a serious note… good luck!!!

    • Chris
      January 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Lol – Seriously! This wasn’t what I meant =D
      No it’s all good. Things happen for a reason. This will get me off my butt and pursue new ventures I previously didn’t due to comfort with status quo. 2012 is going to rock!

  • January 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

    my mom made these every year. we called them spritz and always colored them red and green. MY FAV!!! was just looking for the little cookie dough gun this year and couldn’t find it! will have to buy a new one!

    • Chris
      January 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      My Mom calls them spritz too. I call them delicious 😉

      My Mom’s cookie press was from my Great Grandmother. It just broke this year, prior to baking. It was like an emergency search for a replacement. She didn’t want one of the newer ones, so we found on eBay one of the old school ones. Can’t mess with tradition!

  • January 4, 2012 at 9:12 am

    My mom, sisters, and I would always make a giant batch of spritz cookies too–winding up with tye-dye Christmas trees was always fun. 🙂

    I’m so sorry again to hear about this job news–but I’ll be sending good vibes your way and crossing my fingers that an awesome opportunity comes along soon.

    • Chris
      January 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks Tara! The only thing I remember as a kid was helping eat these cookies, not make them. hahah =D (hey it’s an important job!)

      Thanks for encouragement and good vibes. I’m optimistic about 2012.

  • January 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Im sad to hear the news about your job. But look at it as a way for you to take a quick break and spend time with your baby boy. You’ll be back working again in no time. Good luck and keep your head up!

    • Chris
      January 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks Madeline! It’s the opportunity I needed to break out of the comfort zone and take advantage of a couple projects I was too risk adverse to launch when I was tied to an 8 – 5. It’s going to be a good year, I know it.

  • January 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Great honest post, Chris, I usually feel the same way about blogging on some personal matters and am always happy when I am honest with my readers. You have a great attitude and I have a feeling there are great things to come for you!

    • Chris
      January 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks Lauren 🙂 I think you are right, honesty is the best policy. Not everything in life is sunshine and rainbows, and I think people appreciate when you share the lows in addition to the highs. Cheers to new beginnings in 2012.

  • January 4, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this Chris. 🙁 Sometimes it’s good to blog about what’s on your mind because we really do care about how you’re doing and not just about the food. (although I love the food…lol)
    These cookies look soooo soooo good!! Any kind of buttery cookie is calling my name. 🙂

    • Chris
      January 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks Lindsey! You are right, it’s not always about the food (just 95%! :)) Appreciate the support. I’d offer you some of these butter cookies but alas I ate them all! Hah

  • January 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Big, big bummer! I’m so sorry about the job. I’m going to assume that this happened to free your mind up for a big, amazing opportunity that is coming your way. Good luck. I’ll be sending good thoughts your way. There is nothing quite like mom’s cookies to make a cruddy day a little bit better.

    • Chris
      January 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      I think that’s a great assumption Kelly, and I am with you on it! Now I’m free to pursue opportunities I otherwise wouldn’t have. Thanks for your comment and the nice thoughts coming my way 😉

  • January 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I’m so sorry to read this – what a tough way to start off the new year. And while I’m sure you know things happen for a reason and when one door closes blah blah bliggedy blah, I hope you also find moments of joy you could only experience because of this extra bit of time. And cookies. And writing it out – that’s what blogging’s for, right?

    • Chris
      January 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      I’ve really been enjoying the extra time with Baby Boy. I don’t spend all my time with him playing, but its nice to take the occasional break from the job hunt or working on side projects to tickle him, feed him lunch, or just get a hug. Very special. And you are right, that’s what blogging is for. Pretty pictures and tasty recipes yes, but sharing the good times and bad I suppose =D Thanks for the comment Jacqueline 🙂

  • January 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your lay off – – I was actually laid-off about a month ago. The feeling sucks!! But, you also have a decision to make ( this is FAR easier said than done by the way) – you can either sit and be sad … or pick yourself up, follow your dreams and start applying for new positions 🙂

    Who knows – maybe this is a blessing in disguise 😉 chin up, you have delicious cookies to eat

    • Chris
      January 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      A month in, how are you doing? Did you land that new job? Did you open your own biz like I’m considering doing? You are right – it’s a blessing in disguise. Good things are ahead, for both of us!

      • January 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

        Luckily with the holiday season, the month just flew by and I was kept busy with entertaining and of course lots of baking. Only now, that things are going back to “normal” am I beginning to feel the effects.

        I have continued to apply to different positions, but much like yourself I am far more concentrated on opening my own business. I think it is my best option, for it is of course my labour of love.

        2012 will be a great year, I wish you the very best of luck!!

        • Chris
          January 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm

          Good luck to both of us in 2012 than!

  • January 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    So sorry, Chris. But look at it this way – now you have time to plan that little get together we were talking about! 😉

    And on a more serious note, I’m a recruiter. Email me if you would like to send me your resume so I can help you out.

    • Chris
      January 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Lol! Planning a NY/NJ foodie get together is absolutely going to be a full time job! Still trying to figure it out – our house, and in particular kitchen, is too tiny to support more than a few. I think we need to find a foodie friend in the area with a nice big kitchen to host us!
      Thanks for the note about being a recruiter – email incoming! =D

  • January 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    That’s a sticky way to start the year. A clean slate? Fingers and toes crossed for you for an awesome 2012.
    …and cookies are always consoling.

    • Chris
      January 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Cookies didn’t stand a chance! Lol

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  • January 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I am just now catching up on some blog reading and saw this post. I am so sorry to hear about the lay-off. I truly have to believe that everything happens for a reason, and I just know that your unicorns and rainbows are right around the corner for you.

  • January 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I’m so sorry Chris. Try to enjoy your extra time with the family while you continue your search. BTW I can’t think of a better way to indulge after bad news than with cookies.

    • Chris
      January 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Thanks Rachel! The cookies were definitely great to have on hand 🙂 You are right though, great opportunity not just to explore new ventures but to spend more time with family. I enjoy taking breaks when Baby Boy wakes up from his naps to snuggle with him for a few minutes. Can’t get that in an office.

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