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Topic: DELICIOUS (02/04/16)
- TITLE: What's in a Name Anyway?
By Cindy Duncan
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I’ll go out on a limb and say that the phrase “hot, runny pimples” does not cause many people to salivate. In fact, most people would find the name repulsive and disgusting. There are a handful of people, however, whose ears perk up when they here these words, and their mouths begin to water. Those lucky few happen to be members of my family.
On my brother’s first day of school, my mother wanted to make a special snack to welcome him home in the afternoon. No, she did not make him hot, runny pimples, but only because they were not yet called by such an enticing name. That name evolved over a period of decades. At the time, she made him some “no bake cookies” from a recipe given to her by one of her friends.
The cookies were a success, and they quickly became an after school staple. I remember the aroma of chocolate cooking on the stove greeting me as I walked in the door after a long day at school. To me, it was the smell of love and security, and it reminded me that my mother was waiting for me, and thinking about me.
Years came and went, and before we knew it my brother and I were in high school. It was my high school friend and neighbor, Norma, who gave these cookies the basis of their infamous name. Her reasoning was simple. She named them “pimples” because they gave her pimples. She still showed up at our house whenever they were available, though, because she had her priorities straight. But it was my younger brother who finished the name. His favorite way to eat them was straight out of the pan, before they hardened, hence the addition of the adjectives “hot” and “runny.”
After high school, I got married and had children of my own, and began making pimples myself. I sent some with my daughter to kindergarten once, and her teacher stopped me in the hall the next day. “I think those are the cookies I used to make, and I’ve been looking for the recipe for a while. I would love to get it from you,” she said.
“Pimples?” I asked, and she looked at me in confusion. “Sure, I can bring you the recipe.” I could’ve given it to her right there, because I had memorized it by then. My children grew up eating pimples, and looking back I wonder how I got them to eat the first one. Maybe they were too little to understand the name, or maybe I didn’t share the name until after they were hooked on them. Either way, they loved them.
My brother Gary, the one who prefers his pimples hot and runny, moved across the country, but occasionally made them for his sons so they would not miss out on that part of their heritage. When he was in town visiting our family recently, my sister made some pimples, filling the air with memories. As long as I live, I will never eat one of these cookies without thinking of my family, and the fun and love we’ve shared. The cookies are nothing fancy. They’re made with ordinary ingredients, and anyone can make them. They’re tasty, but the memories they stir up when I smell them are delicious.
Since I would not recommend an Internet search for the hot, runny pimple recipe, I will share it here. Be careful, for they are addictive.
Hot, Runny Pimples
2 cups sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
½ cup milk
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Dash of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup peanut butter
2¾ cups quick cooking oatmeal
Add first five ingredients to medium pan. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to boil. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla, peanut butter and oatmeal. Stir, and drop by teaspoon onto wax paper. Eat immediately if you like them hot and runny, or wait until set if you don’t.
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