Normally the rectangular butter cookies feature images of chess pieces — a knight, a king, a queen. During the holidays, those pictures are swapped out for pine trees, candy canes, and bells. It's undeniably the same cookie, but those dang holiday images just make the cookies that much more delicious.
Maybe it's the cute and festive red trim on the holiday chessmen bags. Or the happy, childlike energy that comes with the month of December. Whatever the reason, holiday chessmen seem to melt more in my mouth as if the workers at Pepperidge Farm put an entire extra slab of butter in the mix.
Most likely it's because I eat them at the same time of year. 🙄