April 16, 2008
CookiesItalian.com  NEWSLETTER

Una buona mamma vale cento maestre.
(A good mother is worth a hundred teachers.)
Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies
Special for Mother’s Day
Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies

These Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies are soft and lightly frosted. They are flavored with allspice, cloves, cinnamon and chocolate.

Special for Mother’s Day $9.97 per dozen
(regularly $11.97 per dozen)
2 doz. minimum order

Last Day to Order is May 2 for delivery by Mother’s Day.
All orders will be shipped the week of May 5th unless otherwise requested.

A baby asked God, 'They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?' God said, 'Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.'

The child further inquired, 'But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy.' God said, 'Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy.'

Again the child asked, 'And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?' God said, 'Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.'

'And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?' God said, 'Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.'

'Who will protect me?' God said, 'Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.'

'But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.' God said, 'Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.'

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, 'God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name.'

God said, 'You will simply call her, 'Mom.'


Italian Orange Juice Cookies


1/2 cup butter, room temp.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2.5 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. orange juice
Powdered sugar for rolling cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease one or two cookie sheets.
Beat butter with sugar in a large bowl until fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Beat in vanilla.
In a separate bowl, stir flour with baking powder.
Beat in flour mixture, alternating with orange juice in two additions, until a soft, but sticky, dough forms.

Sprinkle powdered sugar in a shallow dish.
Take about 1 Tablespoon of the dough and roll it in the sugar until it forms a ball and is well coated.
Place it on prepared cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
Repeat, spacing cookies about 2 inches apart.
Bake in center of oven for about 15 minutes. or until cookies are light brown on the bottom.

Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Makes about 3 dozen.


In Italy family ties are very strong. La famiglia (family) gets together to share joy and pain. It is a tower of strength for its members who may mourn the loss of a relative or join to celebrate a wedding of one of it’s members. The family is a support system that extends beyond the original place of birth. Family members living outside the family nucleus are visited when other members travel, relocate to another city, study at a faraway college, go for medical treatment, or any other occasion because per la famiglia si fa tutto (you do anything for the family). Essere di buona famiglia (to be part of a good family) is of the utmost importance for cultural, social, practical, and economic reasons. Dimmi come via, con chi vai e ti diro` chi sei (tell me how you dress, with whom you associate, and I’ll tell you who you are) still echoes in the mind of the Italian household.

The compare and comare (godfather and godmother) are held in high esteem for religious and social reasons. They are accepted into the family and respected because they have acted as sponsors in the baptism or confirmation of a child. Compare e comare di fede are witnesses at a wedding (la fede is the wedding ring). This is another form of alliance between individuals and families.

CookiesItalian.com FAMILY NEWS

Recently Laurine and Bill added three new cookies to their offerings.

Italian Love Knots. Traditionally these knot cookies are fried cookies and are popular at wedding celebrations. But fried cookies are difficult to ship and are best eaten very fresh. These new Italian Love Knots are baked cookies and ship very well. They are flavored with vanilla and almond, tied in a loose knot and baked, decorated with sprinkles. They come in red, green and yellow. Check them out CLICK HERE

Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies. These cookies have been a real hit with my dinner friends this past month. They are a soft lightly frosted cookie flavored with allspice, cloves, cinnamon and chocolate. Right now they are selling at a reduced price for Mother’s Day. You can order them by CLICKING HERE

Hazelnut-Chocolate Filled Hearts. Right now these are my favorite cookies. Two sugar-type heart shaped cookies are layered with a hazelnut-chocolate spread in-between the layers. Great cookies for weddings, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Guys, a gift of 2 dozen of these cookies sent for no special occasion at all will make your girl friend or wife very happy. To check them out CLICK HERE

Till next time - have happy days.

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