Only 6 weeks until Christmas? Seriously? Oh, my gosh... this year has flown by in a flash for me. So, much so that I just noticed on a few other blogs that I read, that they are participating in the "12 cookies of Christmas"... a cookie a week.I thought, oh that sounds like so much fun! Until I noticed that they just posted for week 5 and will be posting #6 soon.
Then it dawned on me, not only am I behind for the 12 weeks of Christmas cookies, but that it is the middle of November and I have not purchased one...NOT ONE...Christmas gift.
I live in Nevada...I kept waiting to win the lottery....oh, well, we don't have a lottery in Nevada, BUT my husband did get a slot machine. (I think I mentioned this before, but it reminds me of the movie "A Christmas Story" and the leg/lamp? The Handy-Man is in love with his slot machine, and wants to show it off. I don't want it in my house. It doesn't go with the decor. LOL )
Anyway, hopefully that slot machine will magically be filled with quarters and just start pouring forth with them... heck, I'll sit and roll quarters for free Christmas money!
While I am sad to have missed the "12 weeks of Christmas Cookies" event, because I really do have some good cookies. (how can ANY cookie not be good?), I will have fun seeing what the others are making, and perhaps I will find a new cookie tradition or two.
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Keeper Worthy Recipes
I came across these particular cookies, Chocolate Cookies, at my friend Mitzi's house a few months ago. It's a recipe that her mother-in-law, Alice, made often. It has a special place in Mitzi's cookbook collection. Mitzi is a wonderful cook, but unlike me, only keeps tried, tested and true recipes.
"Alice's Chocolate Cookies" is that kind of recipe.
Alice had 9 children, 7 boys and then 2 girls. Mitzi is married to boy #7, Larry.
(see Mitzi and Larry in this post here )
With that many kids in the house, I'm sure Alice always had to have the cookie jar full.
These cookies took a bit of work, (that's why Larry said his mom only makes them rarely anymore) but they were really scrumptious. He said that everyone in his family loved them.
So, here is to "Alice Storm's Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies" (my new name for them)
Grab yourself a big glass of milk, or a cup of hot coffee and a few of these cookies and enjoy!
"Alice Storm's Scrumptious Chocolate Cookies"
Take 15 marshmallows and cut them into quarters. Then freeze them.
Sift together and set aside:
3 cups flour
1 tsp soda
2/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 unbeaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Fold one rounded teaspoon of dough around each frozen marshmallow quarter.
Roll in sugar.
Bake on a greased cookie sheet until they crack ( 5-7 minutes at 400 degrees )
Be sure each marshmallow is completely covered with dough.
I love old handwritten recipes. I took Mitzi's copy of her mother-in-laws and made a copy of it for my notebook.
Cutting marshmallows is sticky business!
Just one Tablespoonful of dough
And then try to cover the marshamallow COMPLETELY.
It was kind of hard.
Rolling in the sugar.
And then baked until they crack.
This is the wonderful gooey suprise you get inside. Yummy!!
This is the "famous" Alice Storm.
By the way... she makes her own wine. In fact, I think I have a bottle of her award winning (Minnesota Fair) Grape Wine in my wine cupboard. Mitzi and Larry left one here on Halloween night... and I never mentioned it to them. That way, there's more for me!
Thank you Alice!