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Tis the season…for laughing, entertaining, reminiscing about past holidays and making new memories and traditions. Growing up, I spent a great deal of time with my great-grandmother, who was the absolute best baker and loved to make cookies and baked goods – so much of my time with her was in the kitchen. As my kids are getting older I’m finding that many of the traditions and memories we are creating are taking place in our kitchen. I was excited to pull out a recipe of my great-grandmothers that I haven’t made in many, many years. We decided to make my great-grandmother’s Chocolate Bakeless Cookies recipe.
My girls were excited to help and they loved seeing the recipe card with the instructions written in my grandmother’s handwriting. It was a way for us to connect generations together – generations that have never met but are still connected. This recipe is perfect because it doesn’t need to be baked (hence the name) so it is easy for kids of all ages to help. I remember making these cookies with her when I was a kid and I remember always being amazed that instead of the oven we would put them on cookie sheets and place them outside on her enclosed porch to cool and harden. Now, I just put them in the fridge, but the memory still makes me smile.
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 tables Hershey's Cocoa
- ½ cup shortening
- ½ cup milk
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 3 cup quick cooking oatmeal
- Add sugar, cocoa, shortening, milk and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, add vanilla, peanut butter and oatmeal and mix well.
- Drop by tablespoons on waxed paper and cool.
Another way my family loves to connect and make memories is to cuddle up on the couch, fire blazing in the fireplace, hot chocolate in our mugs and Holiday shows on the tv. It is a great way to unwind after busy weekdays and we all look forward to it. This year, we are all especially excited to check out the new Amazon Original holiday special, If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie, premiering Friday, November 25. My family loves the original book, If you Give A Mouse a Cookie, and we can’t wait to see it as a reimagined Holiday classic.
If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie is an endearing animated holiday special based on the classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book series written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. In the special, it’s holiday time and in Mouse’s house that means Christmas cookies (including a special one for Santa, of course!), caroling with friends…and one nearly-destroyed holiday pageant. Can Mouse and his animal friends save the show without getting utterly distracted along the way? It’s a wild ride as Mouse and his friends reinforce for young viewers the friendship and caring that’s at the heart of the holiday season.
The special is written and produced by Ken Scarborough (Doug, Curious George, Martha Speaks, Arthur, Saturday Night Live) and stars Mason Mahay (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), Roger Craig Smith (Avengers Assemble, Wreck-It Ralph), Jessica DiCiccio (Over the Hedge), Jeff Bennett (Futurama), and Lara Jill Miller (The Loud House, Henry Hugglemonster, Doc McStuffins).
If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie also features an original song, “Christmas Cookie Song,” by Lisa Loeb, available exclusively on Amazon Music to download and stream November 25, 2016–just in time for the long Holiday Weekend and the kickoff to the Christmas season!
Tis’ the season – for Christmas cookies…and Holiday fun!