Mom’s Christmas Butter Cookies

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).

Enjoy!

Mom's Christmas Butter Cookies

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.
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