Christmas and cookies, they just go together. As a young child, every year I’d bake cookies for Santa in my Easy-Bake Oven with my dad. After our Christmas Eve festivities, I’d pull on my Christmas pajamas and then join my dad in the kitchen, where I’d crawl onto the counter next to the oven. We’d slice the tube of cookie dough (I imagine this is what we used — we always had a tube of it in the refrigerator) and slip the cookies into the oven and wait (and wait) for them to bake. I’ve never met anyone with so much patience as my father.
This tradition is one of my most cherished memories. To this day, any time I bake cookies (which isn’t all that often), I’m always transported back to Christmas Eve with my dad and my Easy-Bake Oven.
Today I’m hanging out with Kristy at Keepin’ it Kind for a vegan cookie swap party. When she asked me if I’d like to participate, I jumped at the chance to bring these oatmeal toffee cookies. I thought the toffee I shared yesterday would pair wonderfully with a chewy oatmeal cookie with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The toffee melts into the cookie a bit, adding a deep and buttery flavor, yet enough of it stays intact to provide a little crunch as well.
If my dad and I were to make cookies for Santa this year, this is the cookie I’d want to make. They have a great blend of textures, the spices add a warming touch, and they go great with a tall glass of almond milk. Head on over to Keepin’ it Kind to get the recipe (and poke around while there to check out all the other tempting cookies)!
What is one of your favorite holiday memories?