Monday, December 15, 2008

"Any agnostic or atheist
whose childhood has known a real Christmas
has ever afterwards,
whether he likes it or not,
an association in his mind
between two ideas
that most of mankind must regard
as remote from each other;

the idea of a baby

and the idea of unknown strength
that sustains the stars.

His instincts and imagination
can still connect them,
when his reason can no longer see
the need of the connection;

for him
there will always be
some savor of religion
about the mere picture
of a mother and a baby;

some hint of mercy and softening
about the mere mention
of the dreadful name of God."

-- G. K. Chesterton, From The God in the Cave, Part II, Chapter 1 of The Everlasting Man

Yummy Yummy Yummy
Easy giftable cookies~enjoy


1 18-ounce package refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces (2 cups)
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1-1/2 cups dry-roasted peanuts
1 10-ounce package peanut butter-flavor pieces
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1. Heat oven to 350 degree F. Lightly coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Press cookie dough onto bottom of prepared pan with floured hands. Sprinkle chocolate pieces evenly over dough. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over chips; top with peanuts and peanut butter pieces. Press down firmly. Bake for 25 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

2. Beat together peanut butter, powdered sugar, and 1 tablespoon milk. Add additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make of drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cookies. Cut into bars. Makes 72 bars.

Make-ahead tip: Cover pan and store in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Recipe found at Better Homes and Gardens online
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72 bars
Calories 122,
Total Fat (g) 7,
Saturated Fat (g) 2,
Cholesterol (mg) 4,
Sodium (mg) 49,
Carbohydrate (g) 12,
Fiber (g) 1,
Protein (g) 3,
Vitamin A (DV%) 0,
Vitamin C (DV%) 0,
Calcium (DV%) 3,
Iron (DV%) 2,
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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