The best holiday game ever and easy chocolate spiced cookies

Freezer Cookies

The holiday season is a time of family gatherings and family gathering games. Here’s one of our favorites, from Uncle Elwyn’s 80th birthday party:

Caravan Sites I have Visited.

Here’s how you play it:

Each team is given a print out of a dozen photographs of campsites that Uncle Elwyn has visited. The teams must identify these campsites based on things like; “the grass looks pretty green, is it in Wales? Does anyone know the name of any campsite in Wales?” or “That sheep looks cold. Maybe this campsite’s in Scotland.”

After half an hour of this, including a fair bit of hysterical drinking, Uncle Elwyn’s son Gareth stood up and read the results. We scored 0 out of 20. He sat down.

A moment later, he stood up again. He’d gotten the pages muddled up and identified the wrong campsites. He would read the answers again.

We scored 0 out of 20.

family photo for recipe

Easy spiced chocolate cookies

1 ½ cups flour
¾ cup coco powder (not hot chocolate powder, real coco powder)
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
½ tsp paprika (or cayenne if you prefer)
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper (about 1/2 tsp)
1 cup sugar
1 ½ sticks of butter
1 tsp espresso coffee (or vanilla extract)
1 egg
  • Make sure the butter is at room temperature, then add the sugar and mix until fluffy, then mix in the egg and the espresso
  • Sift together the flour, coco, cinnamon, ginger, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl, then add the dry mixture tbsp. by tbsp. into the butter mixture until combined
  • Divide the dough in half so that it is easier to manage, then roll each lump into a fat sausage. Wrap the logs of dough in wax paper, then freeze for at least 2 hours, or up to a month or so
  • Pre heat the oven to 375f
  • Slice the dough into fat cookies. Place on a cold baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 8 – 10 mins – keep an eye on them. It’s hard to tell if they are burning because the dough is so dark. Plus, they firm up when they cool.
  • Cool on a rack, and eat warm with ice cream as dessert, or anytime with a cup of coffee
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