To emphasize the O Antiphons, make simple sugar cookies in symbol shapes for each antiphon. Serve each person one single cookie on a plate for dessert from December 17 - 23. Use the recipe below or any favorite sugar cookie.
1½ cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1 cup hard margarine, like Imperial
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon almond flavoring
2½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Mini chocolate chips for eyes
Cream sugar and margarine. Mix in egg and flavorings. Add dry ingredients, sifted together. Refrigerate 2-3 hours. Roll out with lightly flowered rolling pin cover on lightly floured pastry cloth to 3/16- 1/4-inch thick. Cut out and place on lightly greased baking sheet, sprinkling with additional sugar.
Bake 375°, 7-8 minutes, cool on wire rack. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
Patterns for O Antiphon Cookies
Printing patterns on card stock makes them easier to use than on regular paper—they will also be sturdy enough to keep and use again. So, print the patterns, cut them out. Hold on the rolled-out dough and cut around the shapes with a sharp knife. Patterns are provided for all the symbols except "Emanuel." There are many good figure cookie cutters to use for that shape.
O Antiphon Cookie Patterns PDF
Cookie Cutter Sources
Beautiful custom copper cutters from Ludington, Michigan; Frankencutters makes the wonderful St. Nicholas cutters in our shop. Frank would make a wonderful set of these cutters—if you need jpg files to order a set, just ask.
A good figure for "Emanuel—God with us" is in a set of inexpensive Swedish cutters from Hemslojd.
Count the Days
Ways to mark the passing of Advent days, some traditional, some less so
Create an Advent Environment
Patterns and recipe to make cookies for the O Antiphon days, December 17-23
Mike and Molly and Baby at Advent
Learn about Advent along with Mike, Molly and Baby; simple Advent cartoon for December 1 – 25 with Bible verse, short reflection and Christmas carol for each day; nice to use with Advent wreath or alone