The other day I made Wyatt and Gwen some Christmas cookies, and appropriately the song "Christmas Cookies" came on the radio. That is one of those songs that always gets stuck in my head. The rest of the afternoon I was singing "I sure do like those Christmas cookies, Sugar. I sure do like those Christmas cookies, Babe" to Wyatt.
After Wyatt's nap that day, he came out of his room, climbed up on the couch, and said "Can I have some Christmas cookies babe?" So apparently Christmas cookies in general are now called "Christmas cookies babe"! He is just so cute.
One of my favorite kinds of Christmas cookies ever is Snowdrop cookies. They are kind of like a meringue cookie, but they aren't just crumbly, they are actually a little chewy too, It's hard to explain, but they are so good. I have a horrible time making them because I don't have enough patience to beat them long enough, but Derek always makes them perfectly - so now I just make him make them every December, naturally. If they look familiar, you might recognize them from our Christmas gender reveal party last year.
This is the recipe - we have been making it since I was a girl, so I don't know where it came from originally, or if it was just passed down through the family. If anyone has seen this recipe before, I would love to know the original source. One big bonus to this recipe for all of you who are gluten intolerant is that it is already mostly gluten-free. As long as you use chocolate chips that do not have gluten, you are good to go.
2 egg whites
¾ tsp. cream of tartar
¾ c. sugar
1 c. chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Take out the oven racks and place foil over them before heating the oven. Leave the racks out of the oven.
2. Beat egg whites with hand mixer until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until stiff. Slowly beat in sugar; beat until stiff (the mixture will form little soupy peaks). Add chocolate chips and stir to mix them in.
3. Place by teaspoon on foil-covered racks and put racks in oven. Turn oven OFF. Leave overnight.
4. Wake up in the morning and enjoy!
On a sidenote - the kids are getting to the age where I have to start thinking about how to handle Santa as a Christian mom. Do you have any thoughts? You can read what I think about the Santa question on the Tommy Nelson blog!