Tuesday, 15 January 2013

2004 - Hedgehog Cookies

Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle usually contains
Choc-Oat-Chip Cookies, Charlie's faves.

Last night (Nov. 30), Charlie insisted on "Hedgehog Cookies"! It's so funny! That's what he calls his favorite cookies — Choc-Oat-Chip Cookies — because I keep them in a Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle cookie jar throughout the year. She's a lovely hedgehog character from Beatrix Potter's "Tales of Peter Rabbit" series.

He helped, as usual, to pour the ingredients into the mixer bowl. I always use a scoop for these, making them nice and big for him (even though I favor small cookies — especially at Christmas). Naturally, I'll make an exception for my boy! I yielded a hearty 6 1/3 dozen "Hedgehogs." 

Then I had an inspiration. I always think of LIsa (and the girls) whenever I bake Christmas cookies. So, I covered an empty oatmeal box with holly-and-ivy wrapping paper, then inserted a holly-patterned glassine bag — it fit perfectly. And so did those jumbo cookies! I placed a circle of parchment paper between each cookie. I managed a baker's dozen. I stashed the rest of them in the snowman cookie jar (does that make these Snowman Cookies?) and those that wouldn't fit went into the freezer.

When I found a box to mail the cookies, it was obvious that i would need to fill it with more cookies (when it comes to international packages with space to spare — waste not, want not). So I packed about 15 Dunkable Brownies into a Hershey's Almond Kisses tin. I also enclosed two drawings that Charlie made on the computer — a boy with a smile, and another drawing that said f.h.e. (the Family Home Entertainment logo you see on videos of such shows as "Frosty," "Rudolph" and "The Little Drummer Boy.") I can't wait till she gets it. Christmas, cookies, Lisa — I can't have it without her, so I'll bring us together this way!

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