For years and years I’ve baked Xmas cookies to give away. I usually start early in December and make several kinds that freeze well. Pictured above is the first recipe I usually tackle: Christmas Rocks. I made them today and they’re cooling. I’ve already eaten two. I cannot resists these. Even if you don’t like fruitcake you’ll like these. Try them.

I also made the dough for the temperamental Cookie Grandma’s Sugar Cookies. This year I sought out Leaf Lard to use in the recipe. I got impatient finding it and got some Fatback Lard from Café Rouge on Fourth Street in Berkeley. They swear it’s as good if not better than leaf lard. I hope to pick up some leaf lard tomorrow in San Francisco and may make another batch to see if there is a difference. If not, I’ll use it for pie crust, which is supposedly much better with leaf lard.

I haven’t baked any yet this years so here’s last year’s Cookie Grandma’s Sugar Cookies