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When I was younger we would always go to my grandmother's house on Christmas Day. I would get dressed in the new outfit Santa would bring me and take my favorite newest toy. All of my aunts, uncles and cousins would be there and it would become a crowded, bustling home filled with the laughter and joy of the day.

There were four things that stand out in my mind. My grandma in her apron, the tree with the bubble lights, the mirror by the front door my cousin Steve and I would argue over who would have it down the road and the buffet table. Ahhh... the buffet table. It was filled with all the things I'm sure were in every other home during that time, but for me it was a gluttony of snacks which I adored. Grandma had an array of nuts, and mints, fudge (we'll get to that one at another time), cookies and hard candies. And we could just eat them ALL day! The one cookie that stands out in my mind, was her Chocolate Drop Cookie. I am sure that everyone has had this cookie, has made this cookie or has heard of this cookie. At the time I thought it original to my grandmother and it was there simply for our enjoyment and empty bellies. A special cookie and a special time but forgotten until recently when looking through my mom's recipe book. It's funny how those little things are the rush of memories that make you remember and want to go back. I would love to run through my grandma's front door once again and have her wrap me up into her apron with a big hug. It was such a special time in my life.

So for the second day of Christmas I give to thee... Chocolate Drop Cookies. Make them with your kids and create your own Christmas memory.



2 cups sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup milk

1 stick butter or oleo or 1/2 cup shortening

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 1/2 cups oatmeal (old fashioned)


Combine sugar, cocoa, milk and butter and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes (time it!). Remove from heat and add in vanilla and oatmeal. Drop by spoonfuls on parchment paper and allow to cool until hardened.

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