When it came time for Zuzu to chose his Christmas treat, he did not hesitate in blurting out, “Chocolate Chip Cookies!” I was a bit disappointed, they are not very festive, delicious yes, but festive, no. “Are you sure Deven?” I asked. “Yes,” he said. Well thankfully on Michelle’s site One Ordinary Day I had spotted her Reindeer Cookies and knew her clever design would jazz up Zuzu’s cookies.
This is Deven from Heaven. That name was given to him from my parent’s Pastor, Dave, after he saw Deven for the first time and prayed with us knowing the devastation and trials we had endured while waiting on Deven’s arrival. In August 1998 we had lost a baby 20 weeks into the pregnancy. At 16 weeks I had suffered from severe food poisoning and tore my membranes. The baby held on for 4 weeks but died in utero. Devastation. Several months later we became pregnant with Deven. Things were going well and the morning sickness was a welcomed treat. Those of you who have lost a baby understand the feeling of gratitude when morning sickness arrives and even stays. At 31 weeks Deven decided to come. Trials. I was rushed to Ramstein Army Medical Center in Germany where the doctors were successful at stopping his premature birth. We stayed at that hospital for 4 weeks, received multiple tests, false labored many times, and waited. Appropriately, Deven was born healthy and strong on All Saint’s Day. We were charmed by his wide, alert eyes and quiet whimper. He was our gift from heaven.
Deven is a sweet little boy with an easy disposition. He is a great baseball player and goes through life without fear. I have been in the back of an ambulance twice with that little guy for serious injuries and several ER visits for his other misadventures. One would think he would be more careful since it was so hard to get him here in the first place. Everyone who meets Deven falls in love with his gentleness and big green eyes. He liked the idea of making Sugar Glider Cookies in honor of our pets, Necco and Snickers.
Deven’s Christmas Sugar Glider Cookies- adapted from Michelle and Penny
1 3/4 cups unbleached AP flour
1/2 t. baking soda
14 T. unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 t. table salt
2 t. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
When Cooking with children I find it is best to go the mise en place route. This means everything in place before you begin.
Whisk together flour and baking soda.
Mix together both sugars, salt, and vanilla.
Whisk together the egg and egg yolk.
Bowl 4: This will be your mixing bowl.
Place 4 tablespoons butter.
In a small saucepan, cook 10 tablespoons of butter until browned. Watch closely as this burns quickly. You will notice a nice caramel brown color and brown bits at the bottom of the pan. It will also smell toasty and nutty. Add the browned butter to your mixing bowl and blend with the unmelted butter until smooth. Add the sugar bowl mix and blend for about 2 minutes until smooth, creamy and the sugars have melted. Add the eggs and mix for 30 seconds. Add the flour and mix until just incorporated. Stir in chips. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out about 20 cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 14 minutes in a 375 degree oven or until golden brown. Makes about 20 cookies.
When the cookies are just out of the oven and still piping hot, decorate with broken pieces of pretzels for the ears. Red m&m’s for the nose and Green for the eyes.
PS- Deven wants everyone to know that Snickers is pregnant and from what we can tell she has two joey’s growing in her pouch and they are each about the size of an almond right now. We will let you all know when the joey’s are OOP (out of pocket). The children are beyond excited while Himself and I are perplexed as to what to do with the little things once they arrive.
To all my readers a very Merry Christmas!