What’s Cookin’ – Cathedral Cookies & Memories

This is more than a What’s Cookin’ post.  This is more than a Christmas Cookie post.  Memories are triggered by many things, and every year when we make Cathedral Cookies, I think about growing up in the 1970s.

My husband and I both graduated from high school and college in the 1970s.  The Civil Rights and the Feminist Movements of the 50s and 60s resulted in the 70s being a time of great change.

We attended the same Catholic high school.  We each took aptitude tests – but the boys took one test to determine if they were best suited to being a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or laborer; and the girls took a different test to determine whether or not they should be teachers or nurses.  Most girls just aspired to be married.  Gym classes were segregated by gender and the boys used the “big” gym and the weight room, and the girls used the “little” gym and endured communal showers.  Girls were encouraged to take Home Economics and Sewing classes to prepare for being wives and mothers, and the boys were encouraged to take Bachelor Basics classes to help them manage until they found a good woman who would take care of their needs for them.

We’ve come a long way baby.

There are many recipes out there for Cathedral Cookies or Cathedral Window Cookies – some of them include eggs and others do not.  The recipe that I have came from when my husband took that Bachelor Basics class back in high school.  My mother-in-law still has the original recipe that was printed on a mimeograph machine.  It does not include eggs or require cooking which is, I guess, why it was considered a good recipe to share with high school boys.

It is an easy, no cook, good recipe to make with young children.  These cookies also look very pretty on Christmas Cookie trays, and they are yummy, too!

The cast of characters – simple enough!

Dump the margarine and chocolate chips into a large, microwave bowl.

I microwaved for one minute and then stirred for one minute, and this is how it looks.  You do NOT want to overcook or overheat!

Add the finely ground nuts (I used walnuts) or omit this step if you like.  I like the texture of the nuts, but my family prefers these without ’em.

Dump in the marshmallows and stir to coat evenly.  This is why you do not want the chocolate mixture too hot.  You do not want the marshmallows to melt!

Divide the mixture into three “logs” on three pieces of waxed paper.  Using the waxed paper, you will have to firmly roll the mixture together into about 12″ lengths.

I put them into a 9×13 pan and pop them into the refrigerator.  Forget about ’em for a few hours.

After a few hours, carefully remove the waxed paper from the cookie “log” and slice.  Cut off the ends and eat them on the spot.  Slice the remainder of the log into approximately 1/2″ slices.  You should get between 36 and 48 total cookies after slicing all three “logs.”

They look pretty all by themselves, but they also look very pretty on a plate of mixed Christmas cookies.

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