Sister Gerald makes (and is!) one sweet cookie

by Renae Bauer
published Winter 2013

Visitors to our Motherhouse often receive a cookie or two as a gesture of hospitality. Young visitors quickly memorize the location of our cookie drawer where eight tins (give or take a few) are ready at the wait. But from where do all those cookies come?

Meet Sister Gerald Lu Maye, our resident cookie and bread expert.  Each Monday and on the occasional Saturday you can find her in the kitchen mixing or kneading, rolling and baking something wonderful.

Since everybody loves a cookie, we thought it would be fun to give away a dozen. If you'd like to enter the drawing, send your name, address and phone number to:

Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross
Development/Cookie Drawing
3110 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311.

The drawing will be after Lent.

Eggnog Nutmeg Logs by Sister Gerald Lu Maye

1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp rum extract
2 tsp vanilla
2 and 1/2 cups flour (use up to 3 cups if necessary)
1 tsp. nutmeg
Dash of salt
Combine the following and blend until smooth.
3/4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp rum extract
2 tsp vanilla
2-3 Tbsp milk

Cream butter, sugar, egg, rum extract and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients then add to wet mixture. Divide dough and roll 1/2-inch thick logs. Cut in 2-inch pieces. Place on baking sheet. Flatten slightly. Bake 9 to 12 minutes till light brown. Cool 2 minutes before removing from pan. Frost and sprinkle with nutmeg.

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For the holidays: Sister Gerald created all sorts of confections for the Sisters and guests to enjoy. Last year, she made 895 dozen cookies and 411 loaves of bread (wheat, white, rye and carrot raisin). Renae Bauer photo