500 cookies! How did that happen? Actually, I didn’t set out to bake 500 cookies, but I still had an aggressive goal: 350 was my plan. Every year around this time, I bake 350 of my favorite cookies. As much as I love them, most of them are not for me. Rather, it is my annual “labor of love” for family and friends (as it turns out, these cookies are a favorite of theirs as well 🙂 The cookies are known by several different names: Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Italian Wedding Cookies, Snowballs – it seems everyone want to claim ownership (even Frosty!). All I know is that they are delicious. I’ve loved them since I was a child. Later, as an adult, I spent several years searching for the best recipe – until I finally hit gold.

But this year as I set about my task, I goofed. Each of the baking pans held 35 cookies but each of the freezer bags held 50 cookies. About 7 hours into my task, I lost count. I opened the freezer and counted 8 bags – but instead of multiplying by 50, I multiplied 8 by 35… 280 cookies … and went back to work. Only when I reached 10 freezer bags did I realize my mistake. I had baked 500 cookies!! Looks like my friends and family will get extra this year (and I’ve been enjoying a few extra myself).

If you enjoy these cookies and want to try baking them yourself, I’ll send you the recipe as an extra bonus (in addition to all the other freebies) when you join my Brave the Deep email community. And if you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods, come on by for a taste. I’m sure I’ll still have some in my freezer 🙂

Until then, I wish you and yours a glorious Christmas! Praise the Lord for giving us His Son – our Living Word Who guides, comforts, transforms us – and so much more!

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
(Psalm 119:103)

Shadia is a passionate Bible teacher, author and speaker who has a heart for seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She holds a master’s in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is author of several books and Bible studies.

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