Please don't ask how the topic of Christmas came up in September, but it did and with it came out one of the truths--the only reason the twins want Christmas is for the cookies. "Cookies," I said, "we could make Rosh Hashanah cookies. Christmas doesn't have the monopoly on cookies."
"Could we do it tomorrow?" the ChickieNob asked. "Do you know how to make cookies like that?"
"Of course," I lied. And then I scurried downstairs to write my favourite Christian baker and begged her to save me. She sent me two recipes, wished me good luck, and sent me into the jaws of death--a Martha Stewart recipe--with only this advice: "you have to chill the shit out of it."
The cookies may have taken over our life--stretched from 8 a.m. until almost 4 p.m. in terms of construction and decorating (seriously, I don't know how Christian people do this year after year. Give me an unruly challah dough to braid any day of the week)--but the twins were so excited. And when we got to the end of the batch, their immediate question was which shapes we'd make tomorrow.
A recreation of Nietzsche's nothingness? Does Wilton make nihilist cookie cutters?
When the twins were 4 1/2, I started permitting them to use my cake decorating and candy equipment on their own with my supervision. I filled their pastry bags and folded their hand properly around it and then they went to town. In their early minutes, the cookies looked like this...
But they quickly moved into a stage I loving called sugar chaos...
While they were decorating those, I made a few pomegranate cookies with the leftover dough. An old friend bought the mold for me during treatments. Maybe it was a few months before we started treatments? She knew that pomegranates were a fertility symbol in Judaism and that I loved the shape. It felt nice to remember her while I pressed these.
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