Wednesday, December 12, 2007

will bake for snow

I've been searching high and low for some Christmas mojo. Not much luck so far. Head colds (did you know that two Boy Colds equal a Man Cold?), the kids' cram-all the-tests-into-the-last-two weeks-of-school-before-the-holidays stress and the messiest, most cluttered house on the entire planet have kept me from getting into the full swing of things.

And where's the snow, anyway? A few flakes would be really nice right about now - these grey, rainy days haven't been much fun. I keep thinking that if I bake enough cookies, throwing a pinch of powdered sugar over my shoulder once in a while, maybe, just maybe, it'll snow for Christmas. But who am I kidding? We rarely get more than a dusting at this time of year. I'm keeping my hopes up, though, and will continue with the baking. You see, I don't make cookies because I have to, I make them because I want to, especially at this time of year. And I've got a few new recipes up my sleeve.

Here, have a peanut butter and chocolate sandwich cookie. Great with a glass of milk and a good book.



They look innocent enough, but, whoah, can you say meal replacement? That's how sweet and rich they are. The boys adore them (peanut butter lover's gene successfully passed on!), Mr. M, definitely not a fan of the nutty spread, thinks they are 'interesting'. He is just being polite while he waits for the real Christmas cookies to appear.

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20 Comments:

At December 12, 2007 6:59 PM, Blogger swenglishexpat said...

Those lovely-looking cookies make me think of an expression my granddad used - "It tastes so good, it must be evil!"

 
At December 12, 2007 7:01 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Something must be wrong with me. I'm really not a fan of peanut butter cookies and I can't eat peanut butter just like that, but I love (!) peanut sauce (satay... Mmmmm.)

I could however see the mix with the chocolate filling :)

 
At December 12, 2007 9:54 PM, Blogger christina said...

swenglishexpat - Well, not *too* evil, I hope! :-)

CSwiss - Mmm - I love peanut sauce too. I think next time I'd make these cookies a lot smaller - they're pretty overpowering but the chocolate kind of balances them out.

 
At December 12, 2007 10:12 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Did anyone say peanut butter??? Definitely MY kind of treat, Christina. :)

 
At December 12, 2007 10:22 PM, Blogger Mike B said...

Tell me about it ... rain, rain, rain. And I can't seem to find the drive to bring the tree and decorations up from the cellar. One cup of Christmas Mojo needed here too. I'll buy an extra Gluehwein at the Christmas market in your honour.

 
At December 12, 2007 11:09 PM, Blogger J said...

Oh. my. god.

I need some of those cookies!

 
At December 13, 2007 1:43 AM, Blogger Rositta said...

I'm not a great fan of peanut butter either but they sure look good. We have snow and I hear they have a ton out in B.C. although now we have had a few days of freezing rain/sleet it's starting to look messy...keep baking, I'm doing it too...ciao

 
At December 13, 2007 8:53 AM, Blogger Mar said...

In all 9 years in Hamburg we never really had a white Christmas...Snow arrived in Jan-Feb, if at all!
Your baking talent is again demonstrated here. I love cookies, they are very often better than a piece of cake! And I love peanut butter but haven't bought any in years because I am the only one missing it and I would be the one eating it...!!

 
At December 13, 2007 2:06 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Oh man! I love, love, LOVE peanut butter!

 
At December 13, 2007 5:36 PM, Blogger Trac said...

haha - that made me laugh! Yes I did know that two boy colds equals a man cold. I've had to share the last week with both. It's been like a hospital at my place, one man and two boys virtually in a coma, unable to move from the sofa and me - the stroppy unsympathetic, taking the mickey, matron type wife and mother. Well you've got to get some fun out of it somehow, haven't you?

 
At December 13, 2007 7:04 PM, Blogger Dixie said...

Oh those cookies look wonderful! I really love peanut butter cookies.

I've got to work on snickerdoodles for my German this weekend.

 
At December 14, 2007 12:44 AM, Blogger Maribeth said...

Frohe Weihnachten!
My dear, the snow is all here! We have had another 5 inches of the fluffy stuff and it is still snowing, and we have already had 20 inches this year.
They say another N'oreater will hit on Sunday with 6-12 inches.
Mausi, I am sick to death of snow and it's on December 13!
BTW: I'm baking Snickerdoodles tomorrow!

 
At December 14, 2007 12:13 PM, Blogger hexe said...

Yummy! If you find the snow, please forward it on to Florida as 80 degree weather does not encourage the Christmas spirit.

 
At December 14, 2007 5:27 PM, Blogger heza said...

MMMMM, cookies! Just looking at them made it snow a little bit in Munich today. Maybe it will snow your way too.

 
At December 15, 2007 2:39 AM, Blogger ossy said...

yum! You know exactly how to photograph your creations.
What is the recipe??

 
At December 15, 2007 3:41 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

While you suffer from lack of snow and sunsets (we've had all of that), but I'm still suffering from European itus.. And of course it won't end soon. I've had to take a break from blog reading. Work has gotten to me a bit tooooo much.

 
At December 16, 2007 9:37 AM, Blogger beaverboosh said...

Christina Darling,
Here is the deal. You post me a dozen of the yummy looking peanut butter chocolate cookies, and in return I will post you some fressh mountain snow!
Sincerley,
Beaverboosh

 
At December 16, 2007 6:36 PM, Blogger marianne said...

Darling!!! your pictures always make my mouth water!! you should be taking pics for magazines!!! you really know how to do a "food spread"====amazing---i look forward to hearing what cookies you are making---i usually do the 'whipped shortbreads' and these weird strawberry things that are made from jello powder,coconut and sweetened condensed milk----i am avoiding doing anything by hanging on the computer and as we all know,that gets nothing accomplished--we can send you some snow=-===there is lots already and there is a nor'easter ready to hit us as we speak==it's snowing NOW!!! FA LA LA LA LA!!!!XOXOXO

 
At December 17, 2007 8:37 PM, Blogger Angie said...

Did you find your snow yet? About 10 inches found us over the weekend! I took some photos with you in mind. I'm committing myself to putting them on my blog tonight. :)

 
At December 17, 2007 11:40 PM, Blogger christina said...

ginnie - One of these would last you right into next week, I tell you! :-)

mike - Thanks! Better you drinking the Glühwein than me.

J - I'll send you some when you get back from Thailand and have to face the dismal German winter.

rositta - Hope you're doing OK out there. We still have no snow and don't expect to have any for Christmas.

Mar - I keep reading that the probability lessens every year. I can remember having a few snowy Christmases when the kids were really young, but nothing lately. Oh well.

Betsy - Me too! But it makes me break out something fierce. I guess I must still be a teenager at heart. :-)

trac - They're all better now, thank goodness, but oh, the whining that goes on!

Dixie - Yep, I need to make some decent cookies for Mr. M too.

maribeth - We've been seeing pictures of the storms on TV and my goodness, you guys really got a lot this time. Hope your snickerdoodles turned out.

hexe - 80°? Whoah, you really need to move to some place that has seasons!

heza - Not even a flake so far but I'm still baking!

ossy - It's actually just
1 1/4 cups peanut butter, 1 egg and 3/4 cup of sugar mixed together, rolled into balls (not flattened) and baked until they get crinkly and puffy. They get sandwiched together with melted chocolate afterwards.

Expat - Oh yeah, you really need to have your European fix soon! Sorry you're having too work so much.

beaverboosh - If we can work out the logistics, you're on! :-)

marianne - Oh please, you flatter me. But thank you! I make whipped shortbread too, but those coconut things sound SCARY!

Ang - Nothing yet and supposedly only a 5% chance for Christmas. Whoo. But I shouldn't be whining - it's so awful to think that some people have actually lost their lives out your way due to the weather.

 

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