I think it’s the associations we make. It’s not just the fact that those bars are absolutely delicious, it’s that they’re served at Christmas, where everyone is happy and loving and having fun.
We associate our family recipes with good times, and that just makes them taste so much better.
We have a few family recipes that, through all my trying, I just can’t seem to beat. And if I change an ingredient…well, those family gatherings aren’t so loving anymore.
My mother, for instance, has a wild love affair with dulce de leche. Her whole family can sit around with a spoon and demolish a jar of the stuff (as she probably could, alone). Whenever I use dulce de leche in a dessert, she scowls, tells me I’m wasting the dulce de leche, and that it’s NEVER as good in a dessert because it dilutes the flavor.
Oops, sorry mom.
I know they’re not just my family recipe, and the recipe is scattered all over the internet, but to me, they represent family, and the holidays.
They’re chewy, sweet, and homey, with a little bit of crunch and chocolate. They’re not fancy or decorated or impressive to look at, but they’ll make your taste buds swoon. It’s an oatmeal cookie, sandwiches with chocolate and ooey-gooey caramel. They’re perfect for a cookie platter full of homemade, delicious treats.
Maybe, just maybe, if your family is open to them, they’ll become a family favorite of yours as well.
Ingredients Instructions Notes Recipe slightly adapted from Pillsbury
Recipe slightly adapted from Pillsbury