Welcome to the Historical Romance Holiday Cookie Exchange
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah! Seasons Greetings! Happy Holidays!
No matter how you celebrate the season, may you and your family enjoy peace, prosperity, and good health now and in the new year. If we were back in the Regency era, we'd light a Yule Candle as a symbol of our hopes for the year ahead. I'm sure the majority of historical romance readers are familiar with the Yule Log, but when I was researching for my most recent Christmas story, I stumbled across a tidbit about the less well known Yule Candle. Apparently they were popular during the Regency period (1811-1820), and chandlers (candle makers), merchants, and grocers would give them to their regular customers in appreciation for their patronage.
The candle was quite large. It was lit at sunset on Christmas Eve by the head of the household, who also needed to be male. Superstition dictated the candle must burn all night, and if it burned out or was snuffed before dawn, bad fortune would fall upon the family. That's a lot of pressure for a candle.
"Oui, oui, Madame!" (I can't be the only one picturing a talking candlestick!)
There were a lot of other rules that went along with the Yule Candle, so if you'd like to read more, be sure the check out The Regency Redingote blog The Yule Candle in the Regency.
Now on to the recipe...
It's technically a candy rather than a cookie, but it's quick, easy, and versatile. I've included a printable PDF with this recipe and a bonus cookie recipe from last year's hop.
1 pound package chocolate almond bark
1 jar cocktail peanuts
Melt the chocolate almond bark according to the directions on the back of the package.
Add peanuts to melted chocolate and stir to coat.
Scoop with a teaspoon and drop on wax paper to harden.
Feel free to experiment! Add marshmallows. Use vanilla bark and pecans or pistachios. Add peanut butter to the chocolate.