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Chocolate-Glazed Mocha Fans

Chocolate-Glazed Mocha Fans

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.

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Mocha Toffee Bars


As I look outside my window, I find it difficult to believe that it is December 1st.  It was nearly 70 degrees outside today, the sky perfectly clear, and as always, the trees leafy and green.  It never ceases to amaze me, but in the many years I’ve lived in San Diego, it’s more the norm than not, and the holidays come in spite of our near perfect weather.

This year, to celebrate this special time of year, I’ve joined Andrea of Andrea’s Recipes and others to spend the next 12 days baking up a cookie storm with Gourmet’s Favorite Cookie Recipes from 1941-2008.

We didn’t decide who was making what on which day, and we have absolutely no rules other than sampling Gourmet’s selection and sharing our cookies daily.  But you can count on me to let you know what I think since cookies have changed a bit in 70 years — especially the directions!

Let me introduce you to my fellow cookie makers:
Claire of The Barefoot Kitchen, Sandy of At the Baker’s Bench, Courtney of Coco Cooks, Judy of No Fear Entertaining, Ben of What’s Cooking? and Jerry of Cooking by the Seat of My Pants.

I’m starting my baking off with a fairly quick and easy bar cookie from the era of big hair and disco — the 1980s:  Mocha Toffee Bars.

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