Hugs and Kisses
These are two different cookies that should be made at the same time. What’s a hug without a kiss or a kiss without a hug?
Make “sandwiches” with Ritz crackers and peanut butter for the hugs and “sandwiches” with saltines and Nutella for the kisses. (Nutella is a nut butter made with hazelnuts and cocoa and can be found in the peanut butter section in most grocery stores OR at my booth in Old Clarkesville Mill and soon online from my website. 🙂 )
Place these “sandwiches” on a cookie sheet in the refrigerator to chill. (They coat better if cold.)
Melt, according to directions, almond bark to coat the kisses and dark chocolate coating for the hugs. (I submerge each in the bowl of coating and take out with a slotted spoon, shaking the excess coating back into the bowl.) Place each cookie on parchment paper to dry. After the cookies are dry, use a fork or the slotted spoon to drizzle the opposite coating on each to decorate. (I quickly giggle the spoon over them to sling the coating in tiny lines, first one direction then perpendicular.)
I named these cookies “Hugs and Kisses” because they are basically x’s and o’s, the symbols for hugs and kisses. At the end of hand-written letters, people have often marked x’s and o’s after the signature which stood for hugs and kisses. So I started wondering, “if the x’s stand for kisses, and the “x” comes first, why don’t we say kisses and hugs?” Maybe we’ve had it wrong all this time. When you pucker up to kiss, your mouth makes a circle and when you hug someone your arms cross on their back like an “x.” Hummmm. It’s to ponder. But, a customer set me straight one day and informed me that the “x” definitely stood for the kiss. Way back in time (history is not my best suit), when a contract was made between two parties and one was not able to sign his name, that person would make an “x” on the line and then kiss it to seal the deal. Hence, the “x” stands for a kiss! Question answered.