Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday Round-up

This has been a weird week around the ol’ stump ranch. The Cowboy has been working night shift, so the Bag Lady has been tiptoeing around the house trying to keep quiet while he sleeps. She almost forgot to bake cookies for his lunch yesterday, and was a little pressed for time. So rather than actually bake cookies from a recipe, she just grabbed a few things out of the pantry and whipped them together. She warned the Cowboy before he left that they might not be all that good.

Well, he called her a couple hours later (bless him; HIS cell phone is EASY to use!) and told her the cookies were ‘awesome’. Now if only she had measured and recorded what she did…
Actually, here is the recipe for anyone brave enough to give it a try:

Scratch-nut Creek Special Sandies

¾ C butter (approximately)
½ C golden brown sugar
½ C white flour
½ C whole wheat flour
1 ½ tsp vanilla

Cream butter and sugar, add remaining ingredients. Roll into balls, flatten on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for approx. 12 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Spread one cookie with chocolate frosting, (or jam) and make a sandwich with a second cookie.

The Bag Lady used chocolate frosting because she had some available. She apologizes to all the dieters out there… It doesn’t make very many, if that’s any consolation!

Have a great weekend, all!

18 comments:

Leah J.Utas said...

Sounds yummy.
I rarely measure anything and consider recipes something to ignore. Good for you for winging it.

JavaChick said...

Wow. When it comes to main-dish type cooking, I am quite happy to throw things together without recipes. But when it comes to baking, I like to at least have a recipe to start from. I'm so impressed.

Mmmm. Cookies.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, dfLeah. I am of the "follow the recipe exactly" type ordinarily, so this was a real departure for me.

Javachick - sounds like we are alike - I wing it all the time with some things, like making sauces for barbeque, but with baking, I need a recipe.
No-one was more surprised than I was when these turned out!

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df BagLady,

My blood sugar rose just reading the recipe.

Terrie

Anonymous said...

Yum....I am impressed, I doubt I could just whip something together. I am not having a good day, so I DESERVE cookies! Chocolate frosted cookies!

Missicat

the Bag Lady said...

Oops, sorry dfTerrie - forgot about your condition! Splenda makes a nice brown sugar substitute now, don't they?

Missicat - these are really easy to whip up, and if you're having a bad day, then yes, you do deserve chocolate frosted cookies!! (Hope your day improves!)

Emily said...

Doesn't make 'many'...so technically I could make it and eat them all by myself and not feel too guilty?!? At least there is some whole wheat flour in there. Hey I'm looking for any excuse to eat cookies!!

PS I am also a follow the recipe kinda girl...my hubby on the other hand has never used a recipe. Doesn't seem fair!

Reb said...

Wow, good for you Sis! Like you when it comes to baking, I follow the recipe. If more of my other food experiments turned out better, I might try winging when baking, but I usually bake when there are other people to enjoy, so... don't want to kill anyone.

the Bag Lady said...

Emily - I got about a dozen and a half cookies out of the recipe, but remember, I was experimenting, so some of them I made into thimble cookies and filled with jelly. Those didn't work as well because they didn't hold their shape. The others spread out quite a bit, so the cookies that were held together with frosting were quite large.

Reb - I was prepared to throw them in the trash if they hadn't worked out! Then his lunch would have been cookie-less...

Geosomin said...

yum...I have some nutella spread that's begging to go between these cookies. How big were the cookies/how many?
I"m sitting finishing up a project in the lab and now all I can think about is cookies....mmm...

the Bag Lady said...

geosomin - I used a generous spoonful - probably a rounded tablespoon size. Then I flattened them to about an inch and a half diameter. They spread out quite a bit during cooking, so the finished cookie was maybe 2 inches across (I'm guessing, 'cause there aren't any left!) You would probably get somewhere between 20 to 24 cookies, which would leave you with 10 - 12 when you sandwiched them.
Nutella would be yummy in them!! Let me know how they turn out!

Dawn said...

Sorry - haven't got time to chat. I'm off to bake cookies!

I'm a dedicated follower of recipes so I will carefully follow your instructions.

Mamacita Chilena said...

Love that you call him the Cowboy. Cowboy and Bag Lady conjures up quite the image in my mind!

the Bag Lady said...

Dawn - let me know how they turn out! I may have to make another batch today myself!

Mamacita C - I can well imagine what that conjures up! It's a long story, how he came to be called that, (aside from the obvious) involving the Naked Cowboy in New York...

Hilary said...

Well here I was about to drool over cookies and then you said something about naked cowboys in New York. I've never felt so.. ADD before..

the Bag Lady said...

Sorry, Hil! Perhaps if you bake the cookies, they'll help you forget about naked cowboys...

Sarah said...

Wow, throwing things together to bake cookies, I'm impressed!! They look very yummy!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Sarah! No-one was more surprised than I was when they turned out okay :)