I really thought I was done with baking last week, but ever since I did treats based on “A Christmas Story” last year I’ve been thinking about what else you could add to the theme. Because I don’t think I can top the Deranged Easter Bunny cookies, but I can bake them some friends.
In a bit of a rush this week I made up a couple of cookies and some fudge, and even though my coworkers complained that they’ve been eating too much, they still gulped them down.
So show some love for Ralphie, Randy and the gang and turn up your oven! Not working this week? Wrap the goodies up, mark them “Fragile” and pass them on to neighbors, friends or family. If they ask what this sweet gift is for, tell them, “It’s a major award!”
The cookie I didn’t get around to doing last year was for Scut Farkus. Not “Scott” as I had thought for years and years, but “Scut”.
“Scut Farkus! What a rotten name! We were trapped. There he stood, between us and the alley. Scut Farkus staring out at us with his yellow eyes. He had yellow eyes! So, help me, God! Yellow eyes!”
If you’re a fantastic cookie decorator then you can give him a hat. And maybe a real face. I just wanted him to have yellow eyes and a metal smile.
“Randy lay there like a slug! It was his only defence.”
One of my favorite moments in the movie is when Randy is getting all layered up to go outside. As long as I was making gingerbread men, I had to do some I Can’t Put My Arms Down cookies.
But they should be all wrapped up, right? So I thought, ok, I’ll get some fruit leather and mummify him. But then I couldn’t find any. So I figured licorice would work.
Licorice did not work.
It is not as bendy and malleable as I thought it would be. I wound up cutting it into small pieces and putting it on top of the men, but that sort of made it look like he’d been in a terrible accident and had his head bandaged.
Next year I’m going to get this one right. They still tasted yummy though.
I couldn’t decide how to represent a tongue stuck to a telephone pole in baked goods, so instead I went with the phrase that caused the entire debacle and made I Triple (Chocolate) Dog Dare You Cookies.These are actually Martha Stewart’s Mudslide Cookies, and yes, you really only need 2/3 cup flour. The dough will seem thin at first if your melted chocolate is still warm, but the cookies set up fine. Pop the dough in the fridge for a few minutes if you need to.
More than two pounds of chocolate is used in this recipe, so they aren’t cheap to make, but they are delicious. Don’t waste them on a kids’ party. Make them for adults who will truly appreciate them. (Recipe to come soon.)
And how can you have Christmas without Christmas fudge? This time my Kahlua fudge recipe came out perfect, and the Oh, (Kahlua) fuuuuuudge was a hit.
And since I had the licorice already, I used it to pay homage to Victor, the Lone Ranger’s nephew’s horse.
Have you done “A Christmas Story” party? Leave a comment and share your ideas below!
Be sure to drink your Ovaltine,