It was bound to happen. If I try to conduct my life like a normal person, i.e. one whose spine and sacrum does not rotate with every bend or flex, I get in trouble. And the Christmas season has trouble written all over it for me. The simplest things – writing cards, carrying or wrapping packages, wearing non-sneaker shoes to a party (if only it was fashionable to wear Ugg slippers to holiday soirees!) are all treacherous for me, and I have hit the wall.
Not to mention that I’m getting sick. This morning my voice sounds a lot like Gollum. And since I’m averaging about four hours sleep a night this week, I kind of look like him, too.
It was probably the cookie-baking that put things over the edge. Of all the things I can’t do because of my whacked-out spinal instability, cooking is right up there at the top of the list (along with playing the piano and wearing heels…) But I decided that with Victoria’s help, maybe I could make some Christmas cookies and live to tell about it.
So I researched a few (easy) recipes and Victoria, her friend Alex, Taylor and I spun a few Christmas carols and got to work. We made those “Magic Bars” with the graham cracker crust, chocolate chips, coconut and a vat of sweetened condensed milk, which I highly recommend if you’re looking to pack on ten pounds in a week. We also made some shortbread dough, some Swedish “dream” cookies – very light and delicate. The easiest and fastest of all the recipes were the peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses. Here’s the recipe:
Hersheys Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms
48 Hersheys Kisses
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg (preferably from Amelia, Hope or Autumn:-)
2 T milk
1 t vanilla extract
1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Remove wrappers from chocolates
Beat butter and peanut butter in a large bowl. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Beat well.
Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into mixture.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a Hersheys Kiss into the center of each cookie.
Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies.
Truth be told, the back pain trade-off is totally worth it – there’s nothing like the smell of home-baked cookies in the oven!