You know that thing parents do when they regale you with some story of what a genius their kid is? Well, I’m proud to state that I’m above doing that. I’d never do such a thing, never annoy unsuspecting people who have interesting lives of their own with things that, really, are only of interest to me.
Except when it involves telling you that my genius kid came up with a genius Christmas cookie idea. An idea you must want to hear all about. Because who could possibly get annoyed by a story of Christmas cookies? Much less Christmas cookies dreamed up by a fifth grader. Yes, Christmas cookie genius you’ll be quite pleased to bend your ear for.
So Emmie informed me that she wanted to make a contribution to our baking day in the form of Chocolate Chip Peppermint Bark Cookies.
Fair enough, I told her. We decided that we could follow our much splattered-upon chocolate chip cooke recipe, winterizing it — if you will — with cocoa powder and peppermint chips*.
“Can I be in charge?” Emmie wanted to know. “Can I tell you what ingredients we should put in when?”
“Do you even know what to put in when?” I asked, secretly skeptical that she could go without my ongoing guidance, my cookie-baker-extraordinaire micromanagement.
She replied by ticking off the steps in confident succession, everything from mixing the butter and sugar (“That’s cream the butter and sugar together,” I duly corrected my wayward progeny) to whisking the dry ingredients first and then the wet ingredients before mixing them together.
Ok, so she doesn’t need me. She’s nearly as tall as me, you know, and skips around gloat-y with glee that she’ll pass me in height sooner than later. Sometimes she even wears my shirts, even though, with her skinny jeans and Converse, they make her look like she’s on her way to an A-Ha concert.
She’s on her way out. Up and out.What’s a mom to do?
Eat cookies, I guess. Eat cookies with the security that at least my oldest still needs me around to tell her who PJ Harvey is. Then there are the college and wedding funds she still needs me for. And it’s true, she did ask me the other day what an emulsion was, so she’s not picking out hot pads for her own place quite yet.
Lucky me, we still have a few more cookie-baking Christmases to go.
*That’s 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, and peppermint chips in addition — not in place of — the chocolate chips. Do try this at home!