Ask Gerty: Procrastinating Student

December 2, 2016

Dear Gerty,


Every single time the holidays start to draw near, I am never able to find a gift for every single person on my list! I go to doorbuster sales, I wait in long lines on Black Friday, I even stay up late to grab deals on Cyber Monday, but I never quite fulfill everyone’s wish list. Now that Finals are drawing ever near, I’m afraid that I won’t have enough time to wrap up all of my Christmas gift shopping (pun intended). Here is my question to you Gerty: what should I get for all of those people who are left on my Christmas gift list?



A procrastinating St. Norbert student



Dear procrastinating St. Norbert student,


Before I begin, always remember this- it’s not about what you get someone for Christmas, it’s about the sentiment behind your gift. That being said, diamonds are ALWAYS a girl’s best friend! However, if those sparkling gemstones are a bit outside of your price range, I recommend cooking up a batch of my good friend Shirley Savage’s famous butter cookies! Instructions are as follows:




1 Cup of butter (let it get soft)

4 Cups of flour (add flour last)

1 Cup of sugar

2 egg yolks (mixed)

2 whole eggs

2 Table spoons of milk

2 Tea spoons of vanilla


  • First, mix the softened butter with the sugar and the 2 whole eggs. Add the milk and vanilla and mix again.

  • Second, slowly add a cup of flour and mix. As you add each of the total 4 cups of flour, mix well.

  • Put the dough in the refrigerator overnight to cool.

  • Roll out the dough to a thickness of about ¼" and cut the cookies into your desired shape(s). Using a spoon, spread a little bit of the mixed egg yolks onto each of your cookies. You may need to use 1 or 2 more egg yolks depending on how many cookies you make!

  • Then sprinkle colored sugar onto the cookies.

  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Bake the cookies for approximately 15 minutes or until all cookies turn a golden-brown color on the bottom, (the baking time all depends on how thick your cookies are).


Let your cookies cool and enjoy!


Yours truly,


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