Every year at Christmas my friend Linda gives me a plate of her delicious home-made Christmas cookies. My sons don't eat the cookies because they are allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. They don't even ask for them as they know they can't eat them...until this year.
Mikey went up to the plate Linda gave me and asked, "Mommy, can you make me some Christmas cookies?" So I said to myself "Oh crap." and to Mikey, "Of course I will. We'll have to look for some recipes tomorrow and I'll see what I need." I love to cook, but hate to bake. I overcook things, put in baking powder instead of baking soda and at some point the kitchen ends up looking like a flour sack exploded in it.
One year I made Christmas cookies with a friend of mine so I went in search of the recipes we had used which I put in my Chocolate Lover's Cookbook. I looked in the cabinet that I thought it was in. It wasn't there. Oh no, it must be in the bookcase in the garage which was boxed in by some old toys, beach gear and outdoor furniture. There was a small opening on one side where I began sliding cookbooks out and then smash. A candle on the shelf fell and the glass smashed in a million pieces. So I cleaned that up, replaced all the cookbooks and tried to figure out where on earth my cookie recipes were. As it turns out, the book was in the cabinet over my refrigerator.
I made my list and picked up the ingredients at the market in the morning.
And had success! I first made thumbprint cookies.
My sons now have three different dairy, egg, and nut-free cookies. They taste pretty good in spite of the substitutions. Mikey's favorite is the butterballs!