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Legends & cookies of Christmas 3: Snowtop cookies and Christmas spiders

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This is the third in a series of articles regarding some of the Legends of Christmas, each of which will be accompanied with a Christmas cookie recipe. Share these legends with your family as you make your cookies for special family times.

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One Christmas Eve, a long, long time ago, spiders were banished while houses were cleaned for Christmas and their webs were broken. They just barely survived by moving to the farthest corner of the attic until things settled down.

Some of the young spiders had a great desire to see the decorated Christmas trees as well as the little Christ child that came to bless the homes in the middle of the night. Even though the elders tried to make the young ones understand they were not allowed inside the rooms, the young spiders were adamant about satisfying their curiosity. Finally, the oldest and wisest spider devised a solution – perhaps the young spiders could creep out of their corners to get a closer look at the magical Christmas tree after all the people went to bed.

All the spiders felt the thrill of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and in midnight – when everybody in the noble family was fast asleep; the spiders crept out of their hiding places and slowly made their way to the Christmas tree. They were so enraptured by the beauty, they crawled up and down the tree examining the exquisite ornaments. As they did so, they could not resist the urge to weave pretty, delicate spider webs all over the tree as they danced among its branches. When the little Christ child came to bless the house in the wee hours of the morning, he was surprised to find the little spiders and their webs on the tree.

The Christ child knew that all creatures were made by God, but He also knew the mother would be dismayed to find spider webs all over the tree she had worked so hard to decorate. Then, with a smile, He gently touched the spider webs and set them sparkling and shining in silver and golden colors that made the Christmas tree even more beautiful than before.

It is said this is how tinsel was introduced as a Christmas decoration. Some even hang plastic spiders on their Christmas trees in honor of those devoted little spiders who worked so hard that Christmas Eve long, long ago

Share this story with your family as you make these Snowtop Christmas cookies.


½ cup shortening

4 squares chocolate

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 cups flour (sifted)

2 tsp. baking powder

Salt (pinch)

Powdered sugar


  1. Melt shortening and chocolate. Add sugar, then eggs. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  2. Chill until firm – about 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ᵒF.
  4. Take dough out of refrigerator and shape into walnut-sized balls. Roll in powdered sugar.
  5. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10 to 12 minutes.


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