Christmastime is the keeper of the most vivid memories of my childhood. It is the time of year I most often wish I was young again and could relive such genuine anticipation and excitement. Christmas was the season of exuberant song and festooned houses and unapologetic celebration. And the celebration didn’t stop at our doorstep, it was on the radio, it was on the streets, and it was in every greeting and goodbye. It was magic to my young mind…as close as I could get to something otherworldly.
One tradition that I have kept each year of my adulthood (other than putting up a Christmas tree) is making cookies. In the Feagin household we would make 5 or 6 kinds of cookies and arrange them on plates to distribute among friends and neighbors and family. Mom would strap an apron on me and I felt so purposeful as we worked together at the kitchen counter. I felt as if I could be standing beside Martha Stewart, my mom seemed like such an expert and our cookies seemed that special.
We would work for hours, mom, of course, more diligent than I was. We made iced sugar cookies, haystacks, refrigerator cookies, gingerbread cookies, snickerdoodles…and the house was warmed by our oven and Mannheim Steamroller was playing in the background.
We have been to a Christmas party already and are gearing up for a few more this week. So I thought I would share an extremely simple recipe with you that I used to make with my mom.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookies:
Round Crackers (like Ritz)
(I buy one package of each and make as many cookies as I can)
Cover two large sheet pans with parchment paper. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler — you can put water in a regular pot and put a glass bowl over the top. Chocolate can burn so watch the heat and stir your chocolate with a spatula. While your chocolate is melting, spread peanut butter on a cracker and top it with a second cracker to make a “sandwich”. Once all of your sandwiches are ready, drop one sandwich at a time into the melted chocolate and use two spoons to roll it around and make sure it is completely covered in chocolate. Remove it from the chocolate and lay it back on your parchment lined pan to dry. Once you are all finished, let them dry completely before storing them or serving them.
Let me know if you try these cookies or if you have any treasured recipes of your own!