“The holidays” can often be synonymous with indulgence, especially when it comes to food. Turkey dinners galore, Bûche de Noël, tourtiere, after eights, gingerbread houses and many other assorted goodies all find their way into the home (and into our bellies) during the holidays.
As well as these many delicious indulgences, there are a few things that each and every home keeps up, in light of holiday tradition. Some people open one gift on Christmas Eve. Others celebrate reveillon well into the night, on the eve before the big day. Others will wake up to traditional mimosas and some make a point of watching classic holiday films, like Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
Although I personally partake in many of the aforementioned traditions, I am also dedicated to a tradition of baking cookies with my mother over the holidays. This tradition is usually executed on boxing day or sometime shortly after Santa’s visit. This year, we incorporated some festive Lindt Teddy Bear chocolate with a simple Skor cookie recipe that resulted in mouth-watering treats.
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter or margarin
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups Skor chipits Toffee Bits
2 Lindt Chocolate bears
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
2 Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add eggs; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in toffee bits. Crush Lindt Chocolate Bears and add to mixture.
3 Drop by rounded teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.