Bacio – Kissing CookiesBy Marjorie Perotti-BrewsterMy family made these cookies for every season. Shaped as hearts, shamrocks, Easter eggs, turkeys and Christmas trees, and were filled, flavored, and frosted to fit each holiday. The two sides are held together by the filling, thus the name "Bacio" which is "kiss" in Italian. The recipe is really basic, and you can use your creative side to make them your family favorite. Try orange extract and orange zest, or lemon. Top with a drizzle of lemon fondant, or chocolate. Just remember, what makes these cookies so crispy, "melt in your mouth", is the thickness. Keep them no more than 1/4" or less thick. You can also eliminate the filling and serve as a single cookie, either plain, topped with chopped nuts, or a flavored fondant.
Oatmeal JumblesBy Marjorie Perotti-BrewsterThis recipe isn't historical, but does go back to my father's journal of the 1930's. In the journal it's called a "Hokey Pokey". I always thought that having all your favorite cookie ingredients rolled into one cookie was a good thing. So when I was manufacturing cookie mixes, I made this, with some minor adjustments and named it a "Jumble".