This is the last Christmas cookie recipe I have to share with you guys. I am not sure how I feel about it. Actually it’s pretty analogous of Christmas in general. So anti-climatic really. All of the preparation and effort and then it is over, just like that. Done. Finito. On to New Years, then Valentines, Easter, Thanksgiving and next thing you know it is Christmas again. I’m not trying to be a downer here – I love Christmas – but it is interesting how as a society, we have created these markers of time that come and go like a roller coaster ride. It’s positive in that it gives people something to look forward to but what happens when you can’t handle the sudden decline in joy and celebration? As a kid, I actually used to cry when everything was over, all of the extended family had gone home and life returned to normal, as if nothing special had ever happened. Despite my parents reminding me that there were plenty of good times to come, it made me so sad that everything was over.
See what I am getting at? I think holidays are really important because they give us reason to actually set aside time to celebrate. At the same time, what is it we are really focusing on? Being appreciative for all that we are fortunate enough to have or buying the most elaborate presents and decorating the perfect tree? Since when was “stuff” a marker of happiness?
I think we should treat life kind of like these icebox cookies. What if we took the time to look introspectively, not just at the holidays, but every day of the year? Think of all the surprise nuggets of joy and thankfulness we would find, just like the chunks of chocolate
and cherry in these cookies. Ok, maybe that is pushing it a bit. But I had to find some way to bring all of my reflection back to cookies. I don’t know. I will be the first to admit that although I have so much to be thankful for, far too often I take it all for granted. When we fixate on the high points like Christmas, I think we lose sight of all of the opportunities we have the remaining 364 days of the year. That being said, it is all about balance. Life is not all or nothing, black or white. Sometimes grey does not get the recognition it deserves.
Chocolate Cherry Icebox Cookies
Make 14-16 cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup candied cherries, chopped
1 bar Wild Ophelia Sweet Cherry Pecan Chocolate, chopped (or 57g chopped chocolate of your choice)
1. Heat your oven to 325F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar.
3. Add the eggs and beat until smooth.
4. Stir in the flour, salt, candied cherries and chocolate. Once the dough has come together, shape it into a log and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate or freeze until you are ready to bake the cookies, at least 30 minutes.
5. Once the dough has chilled, cut it into 1 cm thick slices. Bake at 325F for about 12-14 minutes or until golden and the cookies have lost their sheen.