Saving Christmas, One Cookie at a Time


Sag Harbor author Billy Baldwin explores finding the simple joys in the holiday season in his book, “The Cookie That Saved Christmas.” Baldwin will bring his book to the Sag Harbor Historical Society’s Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. where he will treat guests to story time and a book signing.

In the meantime, Baldwin shares a sweet treat at the heart of this delightful tale: Miss. Crouch’s Crowsfoot Hill Sugar Cookie recipe


2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Beat together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Slowly and gradually add flour mixture until combined. Shape dough into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm but still pliable — at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.

Transfer half of the dough to a lightly floured piece of parchment. Roll out to just under ¼ inch thick. Transfer dough to a baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Repeat with other half of the dough.

Line two baking sheets with parchment. Using cookie cutters, cut out cookies and space them 2-inches a part on the parchment-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until golden on the edges, about 12 to 15 minutes.

The cookies can be decorated or enjoyed as is. And of course, reminds Baldwin, they should be shared. And don’t forget to leave some for Santa.