Wisdom Comes Suddenly

The Homemade Holiday, Scene 5

December 16th, 2013 · No Comments


How many over sized hat boxes does it take to hold 200 Bark Cookies? I gave the answer away already, didn’t I? Ah well, the tradition of my Grandmother’s Bark Cookies continues, this set going to the highest bidder at our school Auction (I hope you’ve been working out Susan, because these boxes contain 8 lbs of chocolate). I’m sure Susan will do with hers what I do with mine: give them away.  Kidding…I’m allergic to chocolate and I have never tried one. I’ve heard they have to be stolen; no one would actually give these away.  You chocoholics, you crack me up.

I always miss my Grandmother, but when I’m making these cookies, she’s with me. I let the girls help, because she always let me help.  And she always made a batch in butterscotch, so I could have a tin of my own. Grandma loved the holidays, and today especially, as I got very busy with the sewing machine and the baking, I consciously worked to keep my mind off of the to-do lists, and on the thing we are doing here: we are preparing for Jesus’ birthday. No amount of fuss is too much when I think of Christmas in its true light. I’m grateful my life just came to a stand still.  I’m grateful I’m covered in thread and peanut butter.  I’m grateful you’re looking at the 1 square foot of my house not covered in mess.  I’m especially grateful for each of you, as we try to make sense of this journey together.

Every year I’m asked for this recipe, so rather than make you hunt for it back in 2009, I’ll re-post it here tonight (very easy to make, and very fun to gift…if you’re allergic to them, otherwise I hear you’ll eat the entire 2 lbs at one sitting):

Grandma Donna’s Chocolate Bark Cookies

2 packages chocolate bark (aka candy coating, aka almond bark); it can be found near the chocolate chips in big blocks.  Don’t use any other type of chocolate, it will be too rich.

2 cups rice krispies

2 cups peanuts

2 cups crunchy peanut butter

2 cups marshmallows (don’t use generic; they will stick together)

Place the chocolate in a large roasting pan and heat in oven at 200 degrees.  Stir every 10 minutes until smooth.  Working quickly while it’s hot, stir in the peanut butter first, until fully incorporated into the chocolate.  Stir in the rice krispies and peanuts.  Fold in marshmallows.

Drop onto wax paper in cookie size portions.  They will harden, but if you are in a hurry, you can slide them into the fridge or freezer to harden quickly.  I’ve stored these in containers in the kitchen, in the fridge…it doesn’t seem to matter.  They are bullet-proof.

If you do make these cookies, allow yourself to hear my Grandma, the enthusiastically cheerful Donna Lou, saying to you, “KID! You did alright!!!” And she would mean it from the bottom of her heart. Godspeed my friends, in this season especially, Godspeed.



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