Is it showing my age to say that whenever I see that phrase, I think of the two adorable little kids singing that song in Holiday Inn? Ah, Christmas movies. My all-time favorite is The Cheaters, with Joseph Schildkraut and Billie Burke (she played Glinda, the good witch, in the Wizard of Oz.). Hard to find, but shown on TV sometimes, and well worth the wait...as is the original of The Bishop's Wife, with Cary Grant as the angel you keep rooting for Loretta Young to run off with, leaving behind her boring husband, played by David Niven. Immortal and gorgeous? I'm there!
I had planned on writing about the book I have coming out early next year, but I don't have a date for it yet, though the editing has been done. I didn't have any books come out in 2014, though I do have this new one and four re-issues due out in 2015. But lately I've been working 3 jobs, leaving me with little to no time to write. Now that the holiday season is upon us, I've been trying to squeeze in making gifts, writing cards, and baking cookies.
Speaking of cookies, here's the recipe that my family insists I make each year. One of husband's brothers loved them so much the first time I made them, over 20 years ago, that he told me from then on all he wanted from me for Christmas was a tin of these cookies! Done and in the freezer already. ( It's easy to double this recipe...and a good idea.)
I love cookies that can be made ahead of time, so I can give small plates of them to people who brighten my day during the year. So show someone you love them, and make them these cookies.
Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
1 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
3/4 cups softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla................Beat until creamy.
1 cup flour...................Blend into mixture.
1 cup chocolate chips, melted either in the nuke or on stove....................Add to mixture.
1 cup finely ground walnuts....................................Blend into mixture and mix well.
Using 1 level tsp. of dough, shape into tiny balls.
Place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Note: because you bake at a low temp, you can put two sheets in the oven at the same time, switching their positions after half the time. Dough doesn't spread, so you can place them close together, putting 36 on each cookie sheet.
Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes.
Remove from sheets and cool completely.
1 jar Polaner seedless raspberry all-fruit. (I prefer this, since no sugar added, so slightly tart, to complement the sweet cookies.)
Spread 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. raspberry fruit spread on 1 cookie, then place another on top to make rounded sandwiches. Makes 36 or more cookies. They freeze well and taste great defrosted.
Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and have a great holiday season, no matter how you celebrate. I hope you get some time off work to enjoy being with family and friends. And may the coming new year be good to you and yours.
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