I used to make quite a few holiday cookies. The prep routine went something like this: wallow through the recipes until the calendar pressured me into making choices; make sure there’s not only a variety of flavors, but textures and shapes as well; and vary the types to spark some interest, making sure to include pastry cookies, or bar cookies. I’d look forward to settling down with a cup of coffee and a notebook then make my master ingredient list. I couldn’t wait to begin, planning on who would receive my cookies and how I’d package them. Add two little boys under the age of five to the mix and wonder with me now how I managed to pull it off. Clearly, I was delusional.
I’ve no small children at home now, and haven’t for years. What I do have is a very pleasant senior in high school who wandered into our kitchen last Sunday as I was getting organized and asked, ” Mom. Do you need any help today?” as he bent his tall, willowy frame over to give me a hug. For a second, I wondered whether his dad, who was headed for the Chargers game had given him some direction before he left, perhaps feeling unnecessarily guilty for abandoning us on a Sunday, but it was only a fleeting second. For those of you who have not yet had your children grow up to be teenagers, please know I’ve raised three, and as much as they can be quite good at passive resistance, they’re also kind people.
Credit to aforementioned resident teen whose offer of assistance I accepted in making these Chocolate-Glazed Mocha Fans. He gets credit for having a hand steady enough to place the pearls.