Grabbed that last garbage bag from a last minute sweep of the upstairs and ran down the driveway, in the snow, in my flip flops to be able to catch the sanitation engineers (or whatever) before they left and fell and then fell again trying to get up. Yeah, guys hope you liked the laugh...that could be your Christmas tip...
OK, I'm not really a scrooge, I'll give them their tip.
I've been trying new recipes for my neighbor's cookie exchange party and so far everything's been dismal. Chocolate cookies, blah, sesame cookies looked promising but I think I put too much flour in them and they turned out too cake-like. A couple years ago I made these cookies and although not Christmasy, way yummy, I'll share the recipe...
Amaretto Chunk Cookies
From Oct 2005 Good Housekeeping and tweaked by Tracey Zimmer
Adjusted for high altitude…. reduce flour by ¼ cup and oven temp. to 375° should you leave Colorado for some unfathomable reason.
· 5¼ cup of flour
· 2 tsp of baking soda
· 2 tsp baking powder
· 1 tsp salt
· 4 sticks of butter, softened
· 2 C of brown sugar
· 1 C of sugar
· 4 eggs
· 2 Tbsp of Amaretto liqueur (and heck a glass of that stuff for the cook)
· 4 tsp of almond extract
· 2 C of semi-sweet chocolate chips
· 2 C of milk-chocolate chocolate chips
· 2 C of sweetened flaked coconut
· 2 C of sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 380°.
Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Beat in eggs, amaretto and extract. Throw in the soda, powder and salt and mix. Add the flour slowly (you know because if you do it too fast you get flour all over the place) until it’s all well blended. Add chocolate, coconut and almonds….and take a spoonful and try it….raw cookie dough - what could be better?
Drop dough on cookie sheet, to get the actual amount of cookies that the recipe says this will make you have to do teeny-weeny spoonfuls….yeah right, so what if you have less cookies you’ll get bigger ones so take a heapin’ spoonful and plop those puppies down on an ungreased sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes…more like 12 if you do the heapin’ amount. Cool on pan for a couple minutes ----only because you’ll burn your tongue if you eat them too quickly…then if any left, put on a rack to completely cool.
Makes about 8 dozen cookies…hahahaha, who are they kidding? Maybe 5 dozen if you’re really chintzy
Right now I'm trying a Paula Dean Peanut Butter Fudge recipe that calls for Velveta...hmmm, I just had to try it --for that reason only, I mean if it's good, can you imagine the looks on people's faces when you tell them there's Velveta in there? And in Paula Dean fashion, there's a stick a buttah (or two) in the recipe too.