A few Christmases ago… three to be precise, I helped the small one to write his letter to Santa, address it to The North Pole, seal it in an envelope and post it.
Then disaster… I turned to find my small one sobbing uncontrollably, begging me in between trying to catch a breath, to get his letter to Santa back. To say that I had thought of doing a Mr. Bean on it wouldn’t be a lie. To those of you who aren’t familiar with Mr. Bean, he is an extremely amusing, if not annoying character, who in one of his comedy series climbs into a post box to retrieve a letter he posted. That was funny… this wasn’t.
Why I was surprised I don’t really know. Over the years the small one has got himself upset like this in various situations. Like simply watching me change a lampshade one day when he was only one years old, to his need today to keep all his sweet and toy wrappers. We even have to bring the empty McDonald’s happy meal box home with us. Well I guess I do strange things aswell, so I can’t really say too much…
Like every night I go through the same routine. I check the front door is locked… turn on the alarm… check the door again… go to the back door, check… back to the front door, check… alarm, check. Every. single. Night. So now I tend to diffuse situations if I can. Like when it comes time for the small one to write his letter to Santa… we don’t post it anymore. Instead we choose a night shortly before christmas. The small one leaves his letter alongside freshly baked cookies, he helps me to make, for Santa’s little elves to read and report back to the man himself.
Makes: 18-20 (depending on size) • Baking time: 10-15 minutes
Adapted from Good housekeeping The Baking Book
225g unsalted butter
125g castor sugar
150g soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
375g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 200c/Gas 6/180c (fan).
2. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
3. Cream the butter and sugars along with maple syrup and vanilla extract.
4. Beat in the eggs and a little flour to stop it curdling. Quickly beat in all remaining flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda.
5. Mix in the smarties and chocolate chips.
6. Scoop out large spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking tray, leaving room for the cookies to spread. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
7. Leave to cool slightly on the baking tray, then transfer them to a cooling rack.