In the cubicle directly across from me, a gaggle of women stand discussing assorted holiday cookie recipes. Ooooh, drizzled honey? Nuts on top? What are they saying? Rum? What?
I looooooove cookies... cookies, cookies, cookies! Mmmmm! 'Tis the season, ya know what I'm sayin'? But the mother of all Christmas cookies would be my mother's very own top-secret, scrumptiously-tasty, super-special Cuckoo Cookie. Oh yes. The Cuckoo Cookie. Oh yes.
It's this wonderful little circley (not a word? no?) delight of a thing, with a fluffy chocolate cookie base, a slightly toasted marshmallow on top, and to-die-for chocolate glaze over the whole darn thing. Chocolate glaze! Over the whole darn thing! And sometimes nuts, but not always, 'cuz somebody is allergic, or unnaturally averse to them, or some such nonsense. And did I mention the glaze? Because... yum.
Oh, I'm feeling all tingly inside just thinking about them.
Anyhoos, awesome cookie. But the name? Not so much. Come on, Cuckoo Cookies? What the hell? Are they so good, they make you go cuckoo? Are they the preferred cookie of the European Cuckoo bird family? Did they originate someplace called the Cuckoo Pen in some obscure English village of my ancestors? The possibilities are limitless. Honestly. It's a conundrum. BUT, my sister, Jenny, has a theory. She believes it was simply an error in translation. She is logical that way, Jenny is. It's amazing, really. Now Jenny, she theorizes that when my mother's mother's mother bucked the oral tradition and set this particular recipe into the written word, way back when, she accidentally wrote the word "cuckoo" instead of "cocoa." Oooooooh, I get it! Because there's a whole lot of cocoa in the cookie! Get it? See? Jenny is smart. And "cuckoo" does sound an awful lot like "cocoa," especially with a British accent. Really. Try it. I'm not kidding.
Huh. So really, Jenny's theory makes perfect sense. Heh. Great-grandma was all cuckoo for cocoa cookies! (Come on, like I could let THAT opportunity pass by. Please.)
Crap. The gaggle of women has dispersed. Now I'll never know the drizzled-honey, nuts-on-top, filled-with-rum cookie recipe. What a shame. Guess I'll stick with the Cuckoo Cookie.
The cookies sound great, you should post the recipe.
- » 12/23/2004 7:34 AM
- Cat commented:
Do the words "top-secret" mean anything to you, bucko?
- » 12/23/2004 8:48 AM