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Old 09-19-2008, 12:15 AM   #1
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ISO cookie recipe that will shut up the church ladies

I volunteered to make cookies for a social event at my church. I stopped in today to get some details as to what they were looking for and thats when the whole thing got out of hand.

First, let me paint a picture of myself. I'm 6'1", about 215#. I haven't cut my hair since the fall of 1996. Oh yeah, and I've grown a set of "chops" (sideburns) that Elvis himself would envy. The only shoes I own are Converse all-stars (canvas Chucks), and unless its well below zero, I always wear shorts.

The first thing the kindly old lady asked was "will your wife be making the cookies?" and when I said no, I'd be doing it, she rolled her eyes, and handed me a set of guidelines. As I walked away, she mentioned that there are some "very nice cookies" available at the local supermarket!!!!

Now. I'm no chef, but I do make some pretty good cookies!! What I'm looking for, is a recipe for a cookie (or bar) that will make her eat her words. Something a little different, but the "one" that will have them all talking. I don't care about the degree of difficulty-I'll throw away a hundred batches just to make a point (I'm hard headed that way)

So, my fellow DC'ers-any suggestions??? I've got a week!!!


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Old 09-19-2008, 12:31 AM   #2
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Can you break it down a little more, ie, are you looking for very decadent deep rich chocolatey type cookies or non chocolatey ones? I have tons of great recipes, but need some guidelines.
Meanwhile, I'll post a link to one of my favorites - these are positively addictive (Note: I used 1 cup creamy peanut butter instead of the 3/4 cup listed, plus I used lightly salted natural peanut butter instead of the processed type, although the commercial/processed brands are usually recommended. For the chocolate chips, I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet. Also, I preferred dropping them by rounded Tbsp instead of tsp - they were thicker and moister):
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe | Recipezaar

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Old 09-19-2008, 01:16 AM   #3
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Amazing peanut butter cookies, and vanilla no-bake cookies

Amazing Peanut Butter Cookies
There is no flour in this recipe. The sugar carmelizes, that is, thickens as it bakes to give the cookies body. The result is a very good cookie with amazing flavor. These take longer to bake than do regular peanut butter cookies. Play with the timing a bit to get the cookie done to your liking with your equipment. Recipe is courtesy of my youngest daughter's Mother-In-Law, a very sweet lady.

1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350' F.
Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Place by heaping tbs. onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. I would recomend placing one cookie in the oven as a test cookie, and then adjusting the cooking time accordingly. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes, or about 3 minutes after the sheen is gone from the sugar. Let cool and test.

Vanilla No-Bake Cookies
These are made just like chocolate no-bake cookies and come out wonderful. The first time I made these, it was an accident. They were the result of a happy mistake. Here's the recipe and technique. Enjoy.

3 egg yolks
1 tbs. water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut

Beat the egg yolks, sugar, water, and extract together. Place in a saucepan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Quickly stir in the nuts and coconut. Remove from heat. Drop by tbs. onto waxed or parchment paper and let cool. It's that easy. Enjoy.

And I know what you mean by those ladies who don't believe that a man can cook. We had a church bazaar and bread was sold to the public. I gathered together several men and taught them to make bread. We made about 7 or eight loaves, and they came out very good. Now I've won competitions at that same church for bread-making. But the ladies wouldn't sell out bread, and acted like it wasn't good enough. We also put the women at a church girls camp to shame as camp cooks one year. Teh women acted like we had no business cooking there. The girls (about 150 of them) said it was the best food they had ever had at camp. Many said they wished they could get food like we served them at home. They even made us a special plaque for our efforts. We weren't invited back by the women organizers the next year.

I don't look down my nose at women doing the same job as me in the work place, and I don't care for those women who think that men have no business in the kitchen. That's why I hang out here. Our gracious gals are as fair as can be. We are all equals on DC.

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Old 09-19-2008, 01:32 AM   #4
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LOL SK!!! I'm no baker...so I have to submit to the pros.... wish you success my friend!!!!
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Old 09-19-2008, 04:38 AM   #5
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Smoke King - I got a mini taste of what happened to you this summer. A family friend was over for the day, we were having a yard sale. She brought her nephue. He is about 7, maybe 8. It was wicked hot. I wan not gifted with tha patience to sit all day and wait for people. I busied myself with set up / moving things around putting up posters, things like that. I also made suer that DW and our friend, also female, had cold drinks and lunch. In the midst of making lunch the 7 year old, male, asked me why I am so feminine. He added that food preperation was women's work. It was sad to see children being raised that way.

If I had a killer cookie recipie, I would give it to you. I wish you success. BTW, any of the recipies you have gotten so far DO seem killer.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:42 AM   #6
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This is a super easy recipe. But it is an unusual texture and taste, and a big hit whenever I make it. The original recipe calls for a box of spice cake mix, but it wasn't available when I made it the first time. I have since used:

chocolate cake mix (delish)
Carrot cake mix (awesome)
gingerbread mix (great, with a little ginger "bite")

I understand it's also really good with a lemon cake mix.

Ok, here's all you need:

One big can of pumpkin
One box of ANY cake mix.

Mix together. Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. (I sprayed or used non stick pans.) Bake at 350 for about 15-20 mins. Cool on a rack.

That's all. They will be very moist and soft.
If it can't be fixed with chocolate... why bother?
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:38 AM   #7
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Buy a box of Quaker Oatmeal....Look under the lid, and make the Oatmeal raisin cookie....Or like me leave the rasins out....Easy, and delicious....
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:45 AM   #8
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Another version of cake mix cookies that I have found to be a huge and easy hit!

box of deep chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
chocolate chips (I never measure)

whisk together all ingredients and drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets (I use various small ice cream scoops depending on the size of cookie I want as they come out really round and even). Bake at 350 for about 8 - 10 minutes. Don't overbake or the chocolate will "burn" and they will be hard.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:52 AM   #9
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Here's a winner with photo. Always a success.

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Old 09-19-2008, 06:54 AM   #10
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LOL smokeking - I have a feeling you are going to make the church lady eat her words (no pun intended!)

I recommend these bar cookies:

Oatmeal Carmelitas recipe

Every time I make these, people rave. And they won the Pillsbury Bake Off back in the day.

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