I don't have an Aunt Ethel. I don't know an Aunt Ethel. But that's the name on the sugar cookie recipe our family digs out every year. It's a hand-written index card that's been copied several times over. It was passed down from my Aunt Patty, who is real, but may also have never known the original author. It doesn't matter. Every December, we joke that Aunt Ethel is a dear member of our family.