The Christmas season in my home growing up was much more than the most wonderful time of year. It was eagerly anticipated where everyday smelled like cinnamon, sounded like Andy Williams and tasted like peppermint and chocolate.
The highlight of the month was Christmas Eve. Our kitchen counter was completely covered with foods ranging from summer sausages to popcorn shrimp, and veggie trays to chips and crackers. We would feast after we opened our Christmas pajamas and while we watched our traditional Christmas movie.
The best part of the food display was the assortment of desserts, and the star of the show was my mother's graham wafer treat.
My mother grew up in Canada, which not only meant graham crackers or graham wafers, but also meant she was often hundreds of miles away from her childhood home on Christmas.
My mother believed that no matter where you were, hearts always come home for Christmas. So she would gather her children to crush the graham crackers and mix the cocoa and remember her mother doing the same with her children not many years before.
This holiday season is my first since my mother passed away, but she is with me as I gather my children to crush the graham crackers and mix the cocoa because, after all, isn't that what tradition is all about?
GRAHAM WAFER TREAT
1 cup of chocolate frosting
1 pound graham crackers (3 packages)
½ pound marshmallows (half of a bag)
½ cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1. Melt butter in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. Set aside.
2. Place the graham crackers in a large mixing bowl and crush into small bite-sized pieces. You can do this by hand at first and then crush it with a heavy mug (or something similar).
3. After crushing the graham crackers, add the marshmallows and toss together.
4. After the butter has cooled off a bit, mix in the vanilla, cocoa powder and brown sugar. Whip the 3 eggs in a glass and then thoroughly combine the eggs into the butter mixture.
5. Pour the butter/egg mixture over the graham crackers and mix together with your hands.
6. Press the graham cracker mixture firmly into a greased 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
7. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for about 30 minutes. Remove from fridge and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.
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