Christmas and Coal do not seem to go together just like Santa Claus and Krampus. If you do not know whom Krampus is, then think of him as Santa’s impish opposite.
When I was little, my mother being German, other German families surrounded me. Even though I did not believe in Santa Claus, it seems to me everyone wanted us children to know about Krampus. I think we Germans have a sick sense of humor as most of our stories for our children are filled with horror, Krampus being one of them.
The story is Krampus roams around the streets in villages in the month of December at night. On Christmas Eve, he knocks on little children’s windows and their doors. Parents let him in and he terrorizes the little children, asking them if they have been naughty or nice. If the child passes the test, they get their presents. If not, he drags them out of the house and punishes them savagely for their misdeeds and brings them to hell.
Some parents held Krampus parties on Christmas Eve, making sure their little ones wouldn’t pop their heads out of their rooms, inviting young men to dress up as Krampus and knocking on their windows and doors to scare their children, making sure they believed.
Where a child does not feel threatened by Santa Claus’ image (the jolly St. Nick who only threatens you with lumps of coal in your stockings!), the same cannot be said with Krampus. Krampus’ hairy goat horned head had sharp teeth and a long tongue, with threats of beatings and hell. Never mind the stories, just looking at him made children comply with their parents’ rules.
So for our dear children, friends, and office workers, I have made lumps of coal. This sweet confection not only looks like coal, it is glazed to give the illusion of leaving coal dust in your hand. It’s a fun treat whether you have been naughty or nice.
Until next time, happy creating.
Lumps of Coal
15-16 oz package of chocolate sandwich cookies (middle filling removed)
10 chocolate sandwich cookies (middle filling removed)
10 oz package of mini-marshmallows
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Take a large ziplock bag and put the unfilled cookies from the 15-16 oz package. Crush the cookies but not too much. You will want different sizes. Set aside.
Melt butter in large pot over medium low heat. Once the butter starts melting and the pot is coated with butter you may add the marshmallows. Stir until melted and well blended. Add the cookie pieces from ziplock bag and stir until well coated.
Lightly coat a cooking sheet with oil. With buttered spoon and fingers, mold cookie mixture into different sizes and shapes. Place cookies onto pan. If you get too sticky add more butter onto fingers and spoon. Let coal sit while you prepare powder.
Put the last 10cookies, without filling, in a blender and turn into fine powder. Pour powder into a small bowl. Lightly coat (dust) coal with the powder and set aside. Serve when ready.