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Countdown to Christmas Recipes: Shortbread (AKA Oma) Cookies

My favourite Christmas memories are from Christmas Eve as a kid where my entire family; cousins, aunts, uncles and even my Grandma from New Jersey would gather in my Oma and Opa’s living room in front of the fire.

My Oma had this way of baking cookies, simple shortbread without any decoration, but they were the most delicious cookies any of us had ever eaten so we lovingly named them Oma Cookies.

These cookies would make their way around the room a few times throughout the evening while the kids anxiously awaited the go-ahead to open our stockings. The rule was that we would have to sit quietly for 15 minutes (realistically it was probably 1 minute but in my memories its WAY longer) before Opa would give us the green light to open them. Although these special cookies were available all year round at their house we now bake them at Christmas time and fondly remember those special Christmas Eve’s with the family.


  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups icing sugar or brown sugar


  1. Cream butter and margarine together. Gradually add sugar followed by flour, mix until well combined.
  2. Knead dough into two long rolls and refrigerate overnight. (May also be frozen for future use).
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. Slice rolls into ½ inch thick slices and place on a prepared cookie tray.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are slightly golden.
  6. For best results enjoy with a cup of tea in a glass mug.

Recipe & memory provided by Kate Mayne, Gelderman's Business Development Manager.