Wednesday Dessert: Brother Sun Cookies

Yesterday, October 4, was the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  I’m a Dominican whose BFF is a Franciscan at heart if not in promises or vows (when she converted, she chose Francis as her confirmation name).  After a few hundred years, sometimes it seems Dominican and Franciscan spiritualities are oceans apart, but at their very roots, they share an embrace.

One night, St. Dominic had a dream of a beggar.  The next day, he was walking around Rome and saw the beggar.  Dominic ran up to the beggar, hugged him and said,  “You are my companion.  We will work together, supporting one another toward the same end, and no one will prevail against us.”  That beggar was St. Francis.  Both men started orders for both men and women, laity and professed religious, priests and brothers.  I’ve heard it said that where Francis married Poverty, Dominic married Study.  However, both remained very good friends with each other’s spouse.

Our Wednesday dessert was a celebration of the vigil of St. Francis’s feast.  We made Brother Sun Cookies.

Brother Sun Cookies
Brother Sun Cookies

1 tube of cookie dough (we had some homemade slice& bake dough in the freezer, but store-bought works fine)
1/2 c yellow sprinkles

Preheat oven to dough recipe/package directions.  Unwrap dough and roll in the sprinkles.  Slice dough into discs and place on cookie sheets.  Bake according to recipe/package directions and cool before eating.  Tell your kids that St. Francis called the sun his brother, the moon his sister, and all of creation was, to him, family.  Creation is God’s love for us, wrapped up in a tangible package.  The yellow sprinkles on the outside of the cookie remind us of the sun, but the inside of the cookie can remind us of Jesus in the Eucharist:  He may be wrapped up in a bread costume, or he may be shining His love out to us through the yellow sun’s rays, but He is at the center of everything.

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About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

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