Merry Christmas Eve! In the spirit of this glorious day, let’s talk about two of my favorite things — wine and cookies. We are very pro-wine in this house. Though I generally won’t turn down any type of wine (with the possible exception of white zin), I tend to stay with my favorites — Marlborough sauvignon blancs, Italian pinot grigios, and cabernets. If you know what you like, why stray?
On the other hand, I read an article the other day that made me think I should work harder to expand my wine horizons. The author was encouraging wine drinkers to move beyond wines with fruity, floral, and herbal flavors into more “challenging territory” — wines with notes of chalk, tar, tobacco, barnyard animals, and petrol. He compared those more challenging wines to horror movies, sad poems, and intense, psychological dramas — things that aren’t necessarily comfortable or traditionally pleasurable, but things that plenty of people have acquired a taste for. He still allowed a place for more traditionally pleasurable wines, though, saying: “There’s a reason that romantic comedies with happy endings, sunny, catchy pop music, mac n’ cheese, whipped cream vodka, and wearing Ugg boots with pajama pants remain popular.” Ha!
So. While I do hope to wade into the barnyard/petrol/tar spectrum of wine-drinking, I’m still pretty happy with my ugg-boot-and-pajama-pants sauvignon blancs. And these cookies? Forget about it! They’re better than romcoms, Taylor Swift, and double-stuf oreos combined.
NO-BAKE REESE’S COOKIES (recipe from Jennifer Cooks)
1 cup white sugar
1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup light corn syrup
4 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups Special K original cereal
1 cup Reese’s Pieces candies
1. Combine syrup, sugar, butter, and salt in heavy-bottomed sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla, mixing well, and then fold in cereal. Gently stir to thoroughly coat cereal. Fold in candies and mix until combined.
2. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper or foil. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.
I hope you all have a wine, cookie, family, and fun-filled Christmas Eve!