If Vox Clara Translated Recipes

If Vox Clara Translated Recipes December 21, 2011

Hat tip to the choir director at my parish, who sent this around today.

UPDATE:  This appears to have originated at Commonweal, though the author is anonymous.

Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipe

Serves: you and many.

Cream these ingredients, that by their comingling you may begin to make the dough: 1 chalice butter, 2/3 chalice sugar.

In a similar way, when the butter is consubstantial with the sugar, beat in: 1 egg.

Gather these dry ingredients to yourself and combine them, that you may add them to the dough, which you have already begun to make: 2 ½ chalices sifted all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Mix the precious dough with your venerable hands.

Into the refrigerator graciously place the dough so that it may be chilled, for the duration of 3 or 4 hours, before the rolling and cutting of the cookies.

When, in the fullness of time, you are ready to bake these spotless cookies, these delicious cookies, these Christmas cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out the dough and, setting up a cookie cutter or stencil of your choosing, fashion the cookies into pleasing forms.

Sprinkle colorful adornments over cookies like the dewfall.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies have just begun to manifest the brownness that is vouchsafed to them by the oven’s heat.

May these cookies be found acceptable in your sight, and be borne to a place of refreshment at your table, there to be served with milk or hot chocolate, or with your spirits.

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  • The Pachyderminator

    Okay, this is funny. Unfair, but funny.

    • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

      Well, good humor is, at its core, biased and one-sided.

  • Perfect.

  • Mark Gordon

    Now, those sound like some delicious cookies, prepared with love and care, as if they mattered. Better than the hardtack to which we’ve become accustomed.

  • Julian Barkin

    Best Translation Ever! A recpie of divinely wrought forth confectionaries of which common words be ill-suited!

  • David Gibson

    Actually, the missing ingredient to this recipe is the most important one: its source at Commonweal magazine:


    Gift-giving is a Christmas tradition this time of year, but taking credit for what is not yours is never a good idea.

    • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

      Thanks for the link. However, please note that I specifically did not take credit; the best I could do was acknowledge the person who emailed it to me.

      • Of course you can now add the link to Commonweal, too… as a quick update (and yes, you mentioned where you got it from).

      • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

        Thanks for the reminder Henry.

    • Mark Gordon

      Merry Christmas to you, too, Gibson.

  • Pinky

    Recipes aren’t supposed to elevate the mind toward God, and choir directors and Catholic internet sites aren’t supposed to breed contempt for the liturgy.

    • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

      Contempt? No, just a bit of mocking; all in the family, if you will.

      And why are recipes not supposed to elevate the mind to God? Consider the teachings of Br. Lawrence on practicing the presence of God, or Ste. Therese on the little way. All things lead to God, for He is to be found wherever there is goodness and love—and while mundane, Christmas cookies are indeed a source of goodness and love if made and shared with love.

    • Mark Gordon

      Oh, please. Pinky, get off your high horse … for a change.

    • Andrew K.

      I think one would be hard pressed to call Commonweal Catholic.

    • Thales

      Just wanted to chime in: It would be very good if every aspect of our daily lives, including recipes, elevated the mind toward God.

  • David Gibson

    My apologies for implying any malicious intent on your part, David Cruz-Uribe.

    Vox Nova is a great blog, and most certainly Catholic, and catholic.

    Peace, and Merry Christmas.

    • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

      Thank you. No offense taken. Merry Christmas to you and yours. And try baking some traditional Christmas cookies! 🙂