Rosemary Remembrance cookies are an older recipe. They were traditionally made on All Hallows Eve to honor those ancestors who had gone before us. The family would get together and eat the cookies while telling stories of the ancestors who had gone before them. I actually love this tradition as it helps to keep the memory of those who have gone before us alive and to pass their stories down in the family. With the cookies you can use gingerbread cutters and shape them like men and women which was tradition or you can make them in a circle shape if you wish.
Once you have finished sharing memories the remainder of the cookies should be left outside as a gift to our ancestors.
If you wish to do this by yourself you can write down what you loved about the person or people that you wish to remember and it will work similar.
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter or margarine (softened)
2 t. vanilla
1 t. almond extract
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar
1 1/2 T. chopped rosemary
*please note that this is an old recipe 1 cup of vegetable oil for the butter for a healthier variety.*
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract, and rosemary until creamy.
In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
Fold flour mixture into sugar mixture. Beat until dough forms and refrigerate for three hours.
Divide dough into halves.
Roll out one portion to 3/16 of an inch on a floured surface.
Cut out with gingerbread women or men cutters and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Repeat rolling and cutting with second portion. Bake for 5-7 minutes.
Enjoy! Pass along those memories.
Much Love and Many Blessings,