Sally Frye considers her cutout cookies something of a legacy, since she has passed the recipe to her family who often requests she make them and the cookies are popular in the Willard community.
"Everybody knows my cutout cookies," she said when asked why she chose them to be this week's featured recipe.
Frye also said the recipe produces a "a large quantity. They go a long way."
Her husband Dave, an engineer at R.R. Donnelley, said Sally makes the cookies for "just about all the holidays," even St. Patrick's Day.
"She's been doing this as long as I can remember," said Dave, whom Sally thought had snagged some of the goodies prior to the Reflector reporter's arrival.
The children in Sally's family, including her two grown daughters and multiple nieces, have made it a tradition to crowd around the dining room table of the self-proclaimed "grandma to three little girls" to decorate the cookies.
"It's more than baking cookies," Dave said. "It's a good time together."
"I always used my mom's recipe," Sally Frye said, until she tried the cutout cookies made by second-grade teacher, Sue Schneider, who taught three of Frye's children. "We adopted it and it's ours now."
About seven years ago, Frye made about 200 cutout cookies while her sisters-in-law made other treats for cookie trays to raise between $1,200 and $1,500 for Relay for Life. The cookies were in memory of Frye's father who died of colon cancer.
When asked what's the best dish she makes, Frye quickly said seafood alfredo.
Her husband obviously agrees. "Yes. ... Oh man," Dave said upon hearing the name of the dish. "That is outstanding."
Frye is in her 16th year as special needs tutor at Willard High School. She could be considered a Buncco junkie, since she has played the dice game with friends once a month for 26 years.
The Willard resident is used to supplying dishes for potluck meals. She usually brings lasagna or chicken casserole.
"Charlie always liked the lasagna," Frye said, referring to her 25-year-old son who happens to be the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback.
Frye made lasagna or another pasta dish "at least once a month" for her son and up to eight of his friends when Charlie attended Willard High School.
When Charlie was in college, it wasn't unusual for him to call from the University of Akron and ask, "What are you cooking? I've got friends with me," Sally recalled.
Charlie's father often would have to drive to New Haven to pick up Charlie and his friends because they had been driving "on fumes" and run out of gas, Sally said. "And no one had money."