Although I come from a humble family, my father a Cuban immigrant, and my mother a former nun who decided to leave her life behind in Mexico and start a fresh beginning here in the U.S. I don’t recall a time during my childhood where I experienced hunger, true hunger.
As you can imagine my parents were very frugal. Now that I think of it… I’m pretty sure my mom was the driving force behind all this frugality. For example although we had a car, and old Comet clunker we would hardly ever take it out because it was cheaper to ride the bus. And, on the rare occasions when we did take it out for a spin, there was no turning on the radio because it would waste the car battery. I know… this sounds a bit extreme, but we’ll just give her the benefit of the doubt, and assume she didn’t know any better.
Now as frugal as my mother was, the one place where money was no object was the grocery store. This meant if we walked down the cookie aisle and I had a craving for a certain type of cookie, a package of them would surely make it’s way into our shopping cart. Or for example I can remember countless times a random candy bar was *magically* placed on the conveyor belt at the checkout stand and it would manage to make it all the way into our grocery bag without being put back on the shelf.
As a child and to this day, I’ve been fortunate and blessed to have a roof over my head and food on the table. Because of this I decided to give back and do my part by participating in the “Share our Strength Holiday Table” a virtual progressive party in which fellow bloggers myself included are helping raise awareness of childhood hunger in the U.S.
Did you know that just one dollar can connect a child to ten healthy meals?
On a lighter note… if a few Crunch bars manage to *magically* make their way into your grocery bag the next time you visit the grocery store. Remove them promptly from said bag as soon as you get home and make some of these…
Chocolate Crunch Snowball Cookies
adapted from Very Best Baking
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon godiva chocolate liqueur
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
5 (1.55 oz. each) Nestle crunch candy bar, chopped
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Add butter, confectioners’ sugar, and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer. Start mixing on low speed until confectioners’ sugar has been incorporated into butter, then increase speed and continue beating until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and gradually beat in flour on low to medium speed. Stir in chopped Crunch bars.
Using a 1 1/4 inch cookie scoop, scoop out dough, then roll into small balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for about 12 minutes or until cookies are set and bottoms are lightly browned.
Sift confectioners’ sugar over cookies while they are still hot. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Carefully transfer cookies onto cooling racks to cool completely. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar if desired. Store in airtight containers.
Don’t forget to stop by and visit these fellow bloggers who also participated in the Share our Holiday Table dessert course.
- Little Bo Bakes (read the post)
- Hunter Angler Gardener Cook (read the post)
- TableFare (read the post)
- Cooking On the Side (read the post)
- Devour The World (read the post)
- Hoosier Homemade (read the post)
- For the Joy of Food (read the post)
- Daydreamer Desserts (read the post)
- The Food Junkie (read the post)
- Tartelette (read the post)
- Cook It Allergy Free (read the post)
- Gluten Free Girl
- The Blog (read the post)
If you happened to miss any of the other courses leading up to dessert please stop by the Share our Holiday Table site for a complete list of recipes and bloggers who participated.