Christmas is always bittersweet. I love being able spend time with our families in Pennsylvania and Alabama, as well as our adoptive family of friends in Virginia. But it feels like we just get to town when we have to leave again. I hate leaving my family.
But I can’t complain too much. Even though I only get to travel “home” a few times per year, I know that’s much more often than some people get to see their families.
Food has such an amazing ability to keep us connected. This year, Western Union created #WUHomedCooked, a heartwarming storytelling video, where Western Union surprises and delights customers with their favorite meal from home from their families. Fair warning: it’s a tear-jerker!
One of the reasons my sister, my mom, and I started The PinterTest Kitchen was to stay in touch. We like to talk about food with one another, and we like to share new recipes we’ve tried. When I have a bad day or am feeling homesick for Pennsylvania, I made pot pie or red velvet whoopie pies. They take me right back to Pennsylvania, just like the people in the video.
Or I make cookies. My mom is affectionately known as the cookie lady. When we were little, she had an extra freezer that was always stocked with cookies, especially around the holidays. My cousin Kendra and I would always sneak cookies from the freezer throughout the year. Her favorite was always the rolled sugar cookies that my sister Jessica and I would make with my mom and grandmother.
Today, I wanted to share one of my favorites, white chocolate dipped ginger snaps. I believe that these were originally from one of my mom’s Taste of Homes cookbooks, though she’s made some changes over the years.
Western Union is a lifeline for their customers, connecting them to their families and friends around the world, like these cookies connects me to my family. With one of these cookies, a cup of coffee and my eyes closed, it’s just like I’m back in Pennsylvania.
For the record, if you like a crunchier cookie, you can leave them in the oven a minute or two longer, and you don’t need to dip them in chocolate. But that’s how they are best – chewy with a little crunch on the outside, combined with white chocolate. Mmm, I can almost taste them melting in my mouth right now.
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