Christmas Treats with Elizabeth Wehman

I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth at the Trail of Michigan Authors event at the Muskegon Barnes and Noble.

Recipe: Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

1 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

3 beaten eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup sour cream

Beat together until smooth. Combine together and then slowly add:

5 cups sifted flour

3 teaspoon baking powder

1.5 t. baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Mixing will become heavy. Mix only until blended well.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes. May be rolled out for cookie cutting art. Use frosting to decorate.


I love to bake. Give me a mixing bowl and an oven and I can create lots of goodies. Unfortunately, I don’t do it as much as I would like, but then again, I don’t have many people left who would need or benefit from my calorie laden creations. But when I get the chance, these sugar cookies are a must for my Christmas cookie baking. Long ago, I learned how to bake from the best of the best, my Grandmother. We would often spend hours in her kitchen as she taught me the fine art of cutting out cookie dough, making cookies with her spritz gun and also just dropping them onto a cookie sheet and placing them in the oven. Cookies were our favorite thing to make. Her homemade goodies were the best. I’ve never found a Grandmother who could bake as great as mine! (Even though I think we all feel this way!) She taught me many things and I miss her and those days when we got to spend the day together baking for our loved ones. This recipe has been handed down many generations. The secret, we always thought, was in the addition of the sour cream. Enjoy!

Daybreak_Front_CoverCheck out Elizabeth’s book:

“She’s forgetting too much. You need to come.”

Irene Frederick and Louise Williams hadn’t spoken to one another in months. Since the death of their mother, their sister relationship grew cold. Summer visits, always strained. Their opposite personalities, differing political and religious views led to frustrating disagreements.

Irene had given up everything to take care of their aged mother. To console her sister and her guilt of ‘not being there,’ Louise agreed to a sister pact at the graveside of their mother. It was in now in a sealed document, stored at Irene’s house in Durand, Michigan.

The call came from Irene’s daughter, just as Louise discovered her own terminal diagnosis of congestive heart failure. Irene needed her. They needed each other.

They both know one thing to be true: Promises hold for sisters. Can Louise pull off the pact without raising suspicions from Irene’s daughter and friends? Or, could she avoid doing the right thing, one more time, and just run away with Howard?

Elizabeth Wehman grew up in a rural part of Michigan and pursued many writing opportunities during her twenty plus years of freelance writing. Her writing career began in 1990 with publication in several Christian based periodicals including, “Christian Reader.” After ten years of newspaper reporting, Elizabeth began pursuing the dream of writing novels. Her first book, “Under the Windowsill,” debuted in August of 2014. She now adds, “Promise at Daybreak.”

One comment

  1. What special memories you have with your grandmother, Elizabeth. Sugar cookies are one of my favorite cookies. Sour cream is a tasty addition. Thanks for sharing.

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