As I sit here looking at the latest chapters from my beta reader in need of review (she wrote "Excellent" on the top :)), I keep thinking that I want a cookie. My mind jumped to the new mixer that is taking too long get here (the mixer that is replacing my beloved kitchen companion of 15 years, and whose repair would cost almost as much as the new mixer), and how much fun it would be to make Cowboy Cookies, but I can't until the mixer gets here.
These are the important things I'm thinking about. And brownies. Brownies would be really good because chocolate and writing go splendidly together.
If you like to bake, or like cookies, chances are you've heard of Cowboy Cookies.* They are bar-none one of the best cookies recipes I've ever tried, and I've been making them for years. Like most recipes I try, I often put my own spin on them. This one really didn't need any modifications, but since I like to punch things up a bit, I added a couple of extras.
Don't miss the companion post: Patriotic Porch and Tilly's Brownies
These cookies are a beautiful blend of ingredients, and the result is a crunchy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside tasty treat that is great as an afternoon snack, dessert, or energy boost during a hike. They are filling, so one cookie will suffice, and each bite is satisfying.
There's a lot that goes into these cookies, and they are worth it! Baking is also a messy process, at least in my kitchen.
This is a cookie to savor. Slow down, enjoy each bite, share with a friend, and don't forget a cup of milk (or beverage of choice).
Try the Cowboy Cookie recipe!
Until next time, be well, be kind, and stay bookish!
*The original recipe I used before my modifications is Laura Bush's Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies, so she gets credit. However, did you know that versions of Cowboy Cookies were around prior to that? There's another version from a church cookbook from the 1950s. Oatmeal cookie variations have been around since the 1800s, and even earlier versions based on oatcakes were great energy boosters. Regardless of the origins or source, the addition of chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and all the other goodies were simply strokes of genius.