This year I decided to bake Christmas cookies to share with neighbors who live alone and probably rarely ever bother to break out the baking ingredients. (Who wants to bake for one person, really?)
The baking was the fun part; squeezing it in with all the other stuff we had going on in December was the challenging part. So I didn’t linger much as a rung doorbells and dropped off foil-wrapped parcels.
We got a note from one of the recipients, “I really appreciated the cookies, and they came at a time when I was feeling a little low!”
That got me thinking. Sharing homemade cookies is a small gesture. How much greater could it have been had I taken the time to sit down and listen to each person?
So I’m pondering what we as a family will do in the coming year to reach out more often to people who tend to spend more time alone than they’d prefer.
And since we’re talking about seasonal treats, here’s one that typically gets rave reviews when I share it:
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 pasteurized eggs
12 oz. pkg semi sweet chocolate chips, melted
Beat butter and powdered sugar until light and creamy. Beat in extracts and eggs. Add melted chocolate chips and mix thoroughly. Pour into a buttered 8 x 8-inch pan, smoothing out the top. Chill overnight or until firm. Cut into small squares.