☮, ♡, ☺, ☯, ✤, and ☆

Alexis writes a lot. She writes notes and letters and journals and she writes and she writes and she writes.

Obviously. it makes me smile. I remember fourth grade clearly. I too spent much of my time writing. I wrote notes and letters and journals and ... yeah. Sometimes history repeats itself.

There's this thing that Alexis does when she writes that further proves that history repeats itself. When she signs a letter, she often does it with symbols instead of words. A little peace sign and a heart are usually her sentiment of choice.

I did it, too. Except, I did it bigger. In fourth grade, I would draw a peace sign, a heart, a four-leaf clover (for luck, of course), a smiley face (happiness!), a star, and a whole long series of symbols. All of the symbols lined up together to convey a sentiment of wanting everyone to be happy and for world peace to be a real thing.

Remember that? Back when we were kids and we thought world peace was an attainable thing?

Alexis still thinks it's an attainable thing. Perhaps that's the gift of age 9, or perhaps it is a realistic and attainable thing and I just don't see it. Mostly I think we're further from whatever "world peace" looks like than we've ever been. I say that with the knowledge that we have made progress -- remember when the Berlin Wall came down? Remember that feeling of borders being knocked down and people becoming united in peace?

We've made progress sure, but then we took about 624513598 steps backwards.

When I was nine, I thought world peace was as simple as having a bunch of people who didn't look alike working together towards a common goal -- happiness. I thought that if a brown person and a white person and a whole bunch of other people just co-existed as they sought their own form of happiness, we'd have it. We'd have world peace.

History repeats itself, so Alexis thinks exactly that right now. For her, world peace is about respect and coexistence and happiness.

I'm not entirely sure she's wrong.



Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

I don't mean to incite panic or anything, but there are 39 days until Christmas.

Less, even, depending on when you read this.

SO! You may want to make fun of me for being all proactive and starting my Christmas baking, but THIRTY-NINE DAYS. THAT'S NOT VERY MANY. I won't finish my Christmas baking if I don't get started. Thus, I've started.

As always, I started with the cookies that freeze well. If I knock out one or two kinds per week up until the week of Christmas, I'll be okay.

First up, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

(Makes 24 cookies)

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2/3 cups baking cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Miniature Reese's peanut butter cups, unwrapped

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and low speed.

3. In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together.

4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar/egg/vanilla mixture and mix at low speed until well combined. It will make a sticky dough.

5. Take a teaspoon or so of dough and roll it into a little ball. The ball should be about 1" across. Roll that little ball in some granulated sugar until it's coated. Then place the ball in a mini muffin pan space. Repeat until all of the cookies are happily balled up and in a pan.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

7. Allow the cookies to cool for 1-2 minutes. Then, stick the Peanut Butter Cup into the center of the cookie.

It doesn't have to be perfect. No one will care.

8. Allow the cookies to cool thoroughly before removing them from the pan (you can speed the process by placing them in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes). The easiest way to get the cookies out of the pan is to slide a knife along the edge of a cookie. They pop right out.

9. Eat one before you throw them in the freezer. Quality control, people. It's important.


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