Halloween is here, and for me it is the beginning of the hustle of the holiday season. There is always so much going on from this point forward that I've found it easier to stick to traditions. For all I know that is how traditions came about. One year a mother tired of being clever, and original decided that it was much easier to do the holiday's exactly the same every year, and traditions were born.
One tradition we have is making Cat cookies for school. They are a chocolate cookie with candy corn eyes and a M&M nose. I originally found them in the now defunct Hallmark magazine, but I sure they have been around forever.You can find them here at allrecipes.com
The idea is to rapidly place the candy corn and M&M's in while the cookies are hot. This is where we "traditionally" run into trouble.This year we couldn't get the candy to stick. So we tried putting the candy in before we cooked them, which to be perfectly honest, we've done it that way in the past and achieved the expected results. If you put the candy in first the candy corn melts, and you have cats with runny eyes.
It's not the end of the world, you can cut the melted edges off, and you have a perfectly lovely cat cookie. But the last batch, we waited to put the eyes and nose in, until there was only two minutes left on the timer. Then we put the cookies back in the oven to finish baking. We piled the cookies into the waiting tray, threw in some loose candy corn and they are ready for school tomorrow.
That is one of our tasty Halloween traditions. What traditions do you rely on to sail through the holidays?