Holiday Traditions: At Home with Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes.

 

I’m always so happy when Thanksgiving rolls around, because I know that the day after the preparation for my favorite time of the year starts. We have always tried to drag out Christmas as long as we can. The sooner the decorations are up, the better. The Christmas lights and tinsel cast a cheerful glow on our everyday lives, and baking Christmas goodies with my family always puts me in the holiday spirit. When family comes into town, we like to sit around the fire with a big pot of Christmas tea and catch up. My little sister found a delicious apple tea at Harrods that we have been drinking like crazy these past few weeks. The dogs all pile into our laps while we chat. Right now they are all dressed in their Christmas sweaters.

Christmas season is best symbolized to me by the smell of orange chocolate chippers. They are my great grandmother’s recipe. We only make them during the holidays, but when we do, we make them by the truckload. My little sister Carol, the chef in our family, usually heads up this job. Here is the recipe for you to try yourself.

ORANGE CHOCOLATE CHIPPERS
Ingredients
1 cup of Crisco (it’s important not to use butter in this recipe)
1 cup sugar
3 ounces of cream cheese softened
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of orange zest
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 1/3 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt
12 ounces of semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together shortening, sugar, and cream cheese.
Add eggs, orange zest, and vanilla.  Mix well.
Sift together four and salt, add to creamed mixture. 
Stir in chocolate chips.  (dough should be stiff)
Drop cookies from a teaspoon, 2 inches apart on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Cook 12 to 15 minutes, depending on size of cookies.  Cookies should be just lightly browned.

(Tempting to make these, no? Shop cookware at MYHABIT.)

More holiday cheer:
*Fudge-y Christmas Cookies, a la Carol Han of Milk & Mode.
*Not-so-typical gift picks for guys.
*Gifts for the host.

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