11 February 2010

Cookie Monster

Some of you may know that a couple of weeks ago my hubby wrecked my truck. We had a pretty bad ice storm (nothing like the one we had on Christmas Eve and nowhere near as horrific as the one the east coast is seeing right now). Hubby has to get up super early for work (he works 3 days a week and has to be in at 3:30AM). So on this particular Saturday, his first day of the week, he went downstairs and warmed up my truck. After almost an hour of scraping ice and getting the truck to where it wouldn't shudder and die because of the cold, he slowly made his way to the freeway. Luckily, because he leaves so early, no one else is really on the road. He made his way about a mile down the freeway when he spun out and collided with the new wire barriers (these bad boys tangle themselves up with your car so you won't cross the center median into on-coming traffic). To make a long story at least a little shorter, we had the truck towed to a family friend's auto repair shop. I've known this man and his wife since I was about 12, my sister and I call him abuelo (grandfather en espanol), and I would trust him with my life. After only a week he was able to get my car fixed and back to me. Great turnaround, wonderful customer service, and a heart of gold!

I decided that as a thank you I wanted to bake cookies for the men out in the shop. Not able to pick just one cookie, I decided on three. First I made a simple chocolate chunk cookie bar (the recipe is available on the back of the bag of chocolate chunks, I used Nestle). Then I made a peanut butter cookie (this one used a whole jar of peanut butter, and even though I'm not a fan of PB, I could have eaten the whole batch on my own). Lastly, I made a shortbread with chocolate and toffee (Anne knows exactly which ones these are). These are by far my second most favorite cookie in the whole world (yes, I have more than one favorite cookie; who doesn't?). I can't remember where I got this recipe since I just have it printed out of a Word document. I'll try to find the original and update with it later. For now, enjoy the awesomeness that is this shortbread cookie!

Shortbread Cookie with Mini Chocolate Chips and Toffee

1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cups toffee pieces (I used Heath brand toffee bits)

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cream together butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Add flour in batches, mixing after each addition until incorporated. Stir in mini chips and toffee bits.
  2. Shape spoonfuls of dough into small balls (I use a small cookie scoop) and place an inch apart on a baking sheet (I put parchment paper down so the sheet doesn't get all yucky). Flatten each cookie out a little.
  3. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan. Enjoy with a glass of cold milk!

1 comment:

Sharon's Mum Anne said...

So pleased you're mobile once more.
I strongly recommend the choc. & toffee cookie (biscuit to me) but I have eaten them with a cup of Yorkshire tea - we Brits love our cuppa! I was lucky enough to be treated to several different varieties of cookie and found it extremely difficult to decide which was my favourite but, finally, decided on the C & T. Lord, it was a difficult decision to make but somone had to do it and, happily, it was ME :-)