The elves are here! The elves are here!

Rejoice! The elves have arrived. The elves, they are in residence! Each night they are prowling our house, looking for mischief.

For those of you who don’t know, we have four elves- as in Santa’s helpers. Santa sends them to us (or should I say, loans them to us) a few weeks before Christmas just make sure that Harrison and Julia tow the line all the way until December 25th.

The elves watch the kids like hawks. Yet, while my angels are busy sleeping, the elves do what every respectable elf that doesn’t have a night job does- they get into trouble. Sometimes they TP the living room…sometimes they toss clean folded clothes everywhere….sometimes they play board games and leave a trail of junk food debris. You get the idea.

And my kids LOVE it. We start talking about the elves in August- so by December we are at a fever pitch waiting to see when they will come and what they have in store for us. And, they never disappoint. Their magic is strong and their will is creative. They can even surprise me with their ingenuity.

Like last night, when they made a fabulous batch of cookies and left the recipe with instructions that I share it with you all! Was that not so thoughtful and smart of these elves? They brought us a true recipe from Mrs. Claus- how cool is that- and left specific instructions to spread the wealth! So considerate…those pesky elves. After all, it is baking season, and everybody, everywhere needs a good cookie recipe! Who cares that they left my kitchen looking like a flour bomb went off?!

So, from Mrs. Claus, to the elves, to me, to you- this is a winner! Enjoy!

Chocolate Peppermint Delights– adapted from Mrs. Claus
Makes 2 dozen

8 oz good quality bittersweet chocolate
2 T butter
¾ c light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 t vanilla
¼ c flour
½ t baking powder
1/8 t salt
1 c chopped candy canes

Melt the chocolate and butter together over low heat. Stir until melted and smooth. Cool.

Beat sugar and eggs until thick and light colored. Beat in chocolate mixture and stir in the vanilla.

Add flour, baking powder and salt and mix on low.

Stir in crushed candy cane.

Chill dough 45-60 minutes.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes on a parchment paper lined baking pan, until tops are dry and cracked, but cookies are still soft to the touch. They will firm as they cool.

One Comment

  1. Lisa Beach
    Posted December 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You are SUCH a genius, Caroline!!! First the apricot-soaked stuffing, THEN the Bacon bites (dinner and a movie for one last night), and NOW this?? May I move to your neck of the woods, please??:):)

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