Friday, December 11, 2009

Cookie Wars

You knew it was coming. I should have known it was coming. But none of us knew it was coming this soon.

First cookie recipe of the season. I thought I had the ingredients. Then I realized there was NO PEANUT BUTTER.

No peanut butter in the house? I shopped for groceries a few days ago. How does this happen?

I checked the time: 5:15. What the heck, the night was still young. So I went to the store. I bought the peanut butter and a few other needed groceries for my arriving guests tomorrow. When I got home, I started making the cookies.

Unfortunately, I was watching the Weather Channel at the same time. I was transfixed by those poor souls in the middle of lake-effect snow storms and blizzards. (If you live there, here's a big hug.) I had vivid memories of our winters in the Poconos. I shivered in my warm kitchen. I put in twice as many oats as the recipe required.

Then I mixed the batter and wondered why it looked like granola. Why were my cookies falling apart? They had never looked like this before! 15 minutes later, I realized what I had done. By this time, it was too late to heat and add more wet ingredients. I had to work fast before the dough hardened completely.

I tried adding a bit more melted margarine. The batter still looked like granola. I was upset. Upset with myself and the whole thing. Alright, then! I carried the pot of dough to the sink, turned on the faucet, and spritzed the cookie batter with the spray nozzle. Now the batter stuck together.

The rest of the cookies were squishy.

Josh tasted them. Too many oats, he said. How did he know? How did he know right away?

Want me to mail you some no-bake cookies? I think we'll have a surplus this year.

I'm baking something easy today. One of my guests has requested my carob brownies. That's the recipe I shared with you earlier. For the carob version, I replace the cocoa with carob powder.

Carob seems so comforting and reassuring. It will go well with the "Holiday Spice" coffee Josh invented this week. Oh, didn't I tell you? He adds a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to the grounds before brewing. It's surprisingly good.

Maybe he should help me with the brownies.

What's cooking in your kitchen today?


  1. I don't have any cookies baking up in the kitchen today. However, I am making homemade whole grain pancakes right now. I also made a homemade strawberry syrup to put on top of them. It's much healthier than bottled syrup as I use natural sugar and not a lot of it. But I do admit, I love the bottled syrup. I think I'll eat one pancake with the strawberry syrup and one topped with a mix of the strawberry and bottled syrup.

  2. Heehee, no peanut butter, the shame!! lol

    I baked two loaves of banana bread yesterday, so today is a no-bake day, tomorrow we will be making candy cane cookies. :O)

  3. Funny. I hope you have a great baking day today

  4. Oh, my. I hate it when I do that (for I have also done such things.)
    May all cookie baking go smoothly today!

  5. Thanks for the encouragement, friends!

    So far, I have bake a few things today and no disasters yet!

  6. Ha Ha! Betty Crocker foiled again! Great memories though that your making!

  7. I baked two loaves of banana bread yesterday, so today is a no-bake day, tomorrow we will be making candy cane cookies. :

    Work from home India


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