I still remember walking into the house to the wonderful aroma of chocolate. In the kitchen you would find Dad waiting impatiently for the first batch to come out of the oven. Many times snatching a cookie off the tray before they had time to cool.
Sadly the recipe did not survive for future generations. My sisters and I have search the Internet for years trying to reclaim this childhood memory.
We corresponded with the Hershey Company to ask if the recipe was in their archives. To date we have not heard back from their representative. Anyone with this recipe would we love to hear from you!
Another memory surrounding cookies would be these lovely gingerbread houses. Our son was in the second grade and his teacher thought they would be a lovely surprise for parents.
Arriving to the holiday open house we discovered each child standing next to their creation with a huge smile on their face. No matter if they were perfect or lopsided all the parents exclaimed they were masterpieces!
Recently I have started participating in cookie exchanges. This has been a great way to experience new recipes. Here are several sites with recipes and ideas for your own event.
[Note: This is an updated edition of the post which originally ran during the 2010 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories]
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