Sweet little chocolate sandwich cookies have a raspberry infused
chocolate ganache filling and are studded
with raspberry M & M’s!
I had a big crush on Spiderman when I was a kid. There was just something about him. I think it was his sharp wit and his quick reflexes. Who could resist those acute spidy senses? I loved how he wasn’t debonaire like Batman. He was just an everyday teenager who could scale walls and shoot out spider webs. After Spiderman, my next favorite superhero was Wonder Woman. But really, what girl didn’t love Wonder Woman??? She was smart, self-assured, strong and sassy. And she had a way with accessories. I was so envious of that gold headband, those wrist bands and the red hot boots. Don’t get me started on her invisible airplane!
Underoos’ were popular when I was a kid. I wanted Wonder Woman Underoo’s in the worst way. But my parents knew a
waste of money phase when they saw one and refused to buy them for me. Being the creative and resourceful girl that I was, I fashioned my own Underoo’s out of my tee shirt and underwear, using a table cloth for a cape. Then I’d put a plastic head band in my hair, sweatbands around my wrists, pull up red knee-high socks and channel my inner superhero. I would turn into the biggest, baddest 7-year-old around! I had moves like a Ninja and was able to deflect countless imaginary bullets. Damn I was good.
I don’t remember exactly when I lost interest in superheroes. I’m guessing it was about the same time I realized the tooth fairy wasn’t real. Common sense finally told me that people don’t actually fly around in invisible jets or with capes and wings. And endings were not always happy. That last fact was quite sobering and one you only reluctantly accept when you are an adult. But along with this acceptance is the realization that superheroes do exist, we just define them differently when we have grown. They are every day people with every day jobs. No alter egos. No quick changes in phone booths.
I no longer pretend to have super powers. Now I hope to just be super to my kids. I know I fail in many ways. Baking is not one of those ways. And these chocolate cookies that I made recently were pretty darn super. In fact, as the kids bit down into these sandwich cookies, I could swear I heard theme music playing somewhere (in my head anyway). As my kids looked up at me with raspberry flavored chocolate smeared all over their satisfied faces, I stood tall and proud, with hands on my hips and my apron blowing swiftly behind me. Once I again, I was damn good.
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