Poor Clares Solemn Vow Cross Cookies

For the Feast of Saint Clare, we made these cookies.

The cookies are sugar cookies cut into crosses using this rolled sugar cookie recipe, decorated with chocolate brown icing (recipe below) to match the habit of the Poor Clares. With white icing, we piped one of the four vows that the sisters take when they profess their Solemn Vows:


We are fortunate to have the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in town, and it was a special treat to visit them on their special feast and bring them these cookies.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
(family recipe - this is the base which I often double or triple for most cakes)

1 stick salted butter or margarine

4-6 tbsp cocoa - I often add more and only use Hershey's not Nestle

melt above on stove on low to low-medium heat

pour melted cocoa mixture into mixing bowl and add

1 box powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

6 tbsp milk (sometimes I don't add all the milk, just depends on my mood and consistency)

mix until creamy

"Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you, my God, for having created me."

- St. Clare of Assisi

Saint Clare, Pray for Us.

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  1. How neat is that?!? Wonderful photo! The cookies are great!

  2. Beautiful cookies, beautiful visit!

  3. How wonderful that you were able to share these cookies with the sisters.