By Christine DePetrillo
Sugar, check. Butter, check. Eggs, check. Chocolate, check. Coconut, check. Rum, check…The list of ingredients is endless, but it’s one of my favorite lists to make.
‘Tis the season for holiday cookies!Every year, I tell myself to cut back. To just make a few different kinds of cookies. To not fill the platters to overflowing.
Every year, I can’t do it. I comb through the recipes and find all sorts of reasons to include specific cookies. So-and-so loves this cookie. It just won’t be the same without that cookie. How could I leave any cookie out of the festivities? It’s simple. I can’t. Here are a few of my favorite holiday cookies that I make every year:
Let’s start with the biscotti. A true cookie of heritage, no holiday cookie platter can call itself Italian with out this treat. I make mine with cranberries and dip half of each cookie in chocolate to add a little variation in texture and taste. I love stirring and soaking up tea with biscotti just to soften things up a bit.
Snowballs, or butterballs as some folks call them, are a great cookie to use for their ability to be popped right into your mouth anytime, anywhere. Sure you get powdered sugar all over yourself, but isn’t it worth the trouble for the buttery goodness, the sweet perfection? I think it is.
To me, macaroons add some class to a cookie tray. The way the coconut gets slightly golden on the lacey edges always makes me want to put on some fancy clothes and go for a waltz. Drizzling thin lines of melted chocolate over the bundled coconut really makes the macaroons look sophisticated.
Snickerdoodles. Well, “snickerdoodles” is just a fun word to say.
Snickerdoodles. Go ahead. You say it. Snickerdoodles. Bet you can’t say it without chuckling, and who doesn’t love a good, Santa-quality, belly laugh during the holidays? I put pure Vermont maple sugar from a company that taps my maple trees in my snickerdoodles (and yes, I’m going to type “snickerdoodles” at least three more times before this paragraph is done, so deal with it). Snickerdoodles are best served with a cold glass of milk, or is it a glass of cold milk? Hmm. Snickerdoodles. I heart snickerdoodles.
Finally, we come to the “adult” cookie on the tray—the rum ball. A holiday kitchen only gets merrier with Captain Morgan in attendance. He’s sexy, he’s devilish, and he makes a cookie every pirate would willingly turn over his loot for a taste. I roll mine in chopped peanuts, coconut, or chocolate sprinkles to offer an assortment of flavor pairings. Snickerdoodle. (Ha! I snuck that one in.)
So, I’m sure this year will be no different than last. I will once again make my ingredients shopping list. I will spend unnecessary amounts of money on said ingredients and trays and plastic wrap and ribbon and gift tags. I will bake, bake, bake until my kitchen floor as a permanent sheen of butter on it. I will inevitably slap my husband’s hand away from snatching samples, and I will love every wonderful moment of it.
The hero of my January Wild Rose Press release, ABRA CADAVER, is offered cookies by the heroine’s mother. Unfortunately, he is unable to eat them or anything else for that matter. I don’t think I’d last very long in his shoes.
Keane Malson kills bad guys to keep the innocent alive, but he’s still a monster. Cursed by a witch moments before an honorable death on the battlefield, he’s lived thousands of years, roaming from place to place with no end in sight. It’s a lonely life…until he meets Holly. When a wanted man targets Holly, Keane will do anything to protect her, even if it’s the last thing he ever does.
About the Author: Christine DePetrillo spends her days teaching children to love reading and writing and her nights writing about happily ever afters. She fell in love with writing the first time she held a crayon in her hand and realized the blank wall in her bedroom was full of possibilities. Since then, she has been mystified by the magic of words and enjoys playing with them every chance she gets. Visit me at www.christinedepetrillo.weebly.com or friend me on Facebook. You can also read my posts on the 4th and 14th of each month at the Roses of Prose blog at www.rosesofprose.blogspot.com.
Comment here today with the name of your favorite Christmas cookie, or anything else you’d like to say, and be entered to win a free e-copy of any one of my books, winner’s choice.Happy Cookie Eating!Christine DePetrillo