Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sword and Miter Cookies for the Feast of St. Thomas Becket

Today is the feast of St. Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Cantebury, who was martyred for the Catholic Faith in his cathedral on December 29, 1170.   You can read more about this amazing saint here.

According to My Nameday-Come for Dessert, St. Thomas a Becket is symbolized by "a sword through a mitre."  Since I was already baking sugar cookies for my children to decorate this week, I decided to try and make them each a "Sword and Miter Cookie" in honor of today's feast day using the Miter & Cross Cookie Cutter from the St. Nicholas Center.

(If you don't happen to have this wonderful little cookie cutter, they wouldn't be too hard to cut out by hand.)  

St. Thomas Becket
Sword and Miter Cookies


1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

* I used the cut-out cross from the miter and then added a strip of dough to form a sword, which was then placed underneath the miter. 

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely and decorate.   (I used Wilton's White Cookie Icing to outline the Miter.)

O God, for the sake of whose Church the glorious Bishop Thomas fell by the sword of ungodly men: grant, we beseech Thee, that all who implore his aid, may obtain the good fruit of his petition. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.

St. Thomas Becket, Pray for us! 
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1 comment:

  1. I have a son-in-law whose name was Ryan Russel Farley, but he chose not to take the last name because his Mother remarried an Uerkvitz. they became Mormon. My question is do you have any recipes celebrating an Irish saint with the name Ryan or Farley?