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Book Review – The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie
        The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

Written by Dandi Daley Mackall, the Legend of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Christmas is an endearing story of a young boy named Jack who is greatly missing his father.

With Jack’s father gone to look for work and the family struggling financially during what I assume to be the Depression, Jack’s mother takes the time to share the true meaning of Christmas and to illustrate the gift of a giving heart. In turn, Jack is given the opportunity to share what little he has with the less fortunate.

Geared towards young readers from age 4 through 8, this book recounts the legend of Christmas cookies that were originally made in the Old Country of Southern Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Baked with the images of hand carved springerle molds or intricately designed rolling pins, these cookies were often made in the shapes of baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the shepherd, the angel and the star to illustrate the story of the most precious gift of all, baby Jesus.

The delightful illustrations of Richard Cowdrey give the reader a peek into a simpler, but equally memorable, time in the quiet of winter. Two cookie recipes are included at the end of the book, and I’m sure children will enjoy the opportunity of making the story connection while baking Christmas cookies of their very own.


  1. I want a copy! For myself 😊 Thanks a lot xxx

  2. Hi Anna, this sounds like a beautiful book to read. I would love to bake those cookies 🙂

  3. Sounds very sweet and lovely! I remember having a book as a child (one of The Boxcar Children books) that had a thumbprint recipe at the back that had been mentioned in the story. It was so fun to continue the magic of the book every after I was done reading!

    1. How fun! I love children’s books that make that kind of connection! 🙂

  4. Looks like a good book. Thanks for the review.

    1. Thank you, Darryl! 🙂

  5. Sounds so lovely!! thanks dear!

    1. Thank you, sweet Lynn!

  6. I love Christmas stories that get to the real meaning of Christmas! The illustrations sound lovely… and of course I am all in favor of a book that includes a couple recipes!!! 🙂

    1. Yes, I completely agree! 😉

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