grounds for divorce
Veto came up to Saucy over the weekend with a cookie in hand asking, "when did you make these and why were you holding out on me?"
Saucy gave pause for a moment and considered her answer carefully. It seemed she could either a) lie and tell him she just made them and he should have at it and enjoy them or, b) confess that she made them a day ago but didn't bother to tell him because he doesn't like raisins. Or nuts. Or dried cranberries or cherries. Or oatmeal. He's kind of fussy that way.
If she didn't confess the ingredients readily, chances were pretty high that he'd consume the cookies and enjoy them - they are just that delicious. She'd tell him afterwards that they'd had high quantities of dried fruit and other fibre sources and he'd just laugh it off.
It's sort of like the banana situation. Veto hates bananas... or so he says. Then for a while, Saucy was throwing bananas in the waffles, the french toast and most recently she used mashed bananas in a chocolate bundt cake and after she told poor Veto he'd in fact been consuming bananas all along, he got a little upset with her. "You know I do not like bananas," he said. Emphatically. Hmmm. After that, she vowed to cop to whatever ingredient she was trying to pass off, even if it is good for him. She just cannot stand to see him disappointed, brow furrowed, staring disparagingly at a perfectly fine slice of cake filled with potassium.
So, she told the truth. These are what some people call kitchen sink cookies, meaning they have every ingredient in them but the kitchen sink. Veto's nose wrinkled up and he said, "Are you screwing with the chocolate chip cookie? Those are grounds for divorce!"
He's kind of dramatic that way. At least he tries. He said it emphatically two or three times, as he helped her fluff the pillow propped under her sore arm. "You just don't do that to a cookie. I don't know why you would do that."
Um, basically, because they're delicious. And kind of good for you, packed with nuts (protein) and fruit (fibre). And a good bunch of chocolate (the dark stuff is antioxidant, right?).
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Benefibre powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup Craisins or chopped dried cherries (or mix of both)
1 large chocolate bar, broken into pieces
Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and Benefibre (obviously the Benefibre is optional but Saucy liberally shakes it here and there, here and there all day long when she cooks for the family.
In mixer, beat brown sugar and butter until fluffy. Mix in vanilla and corn syrup. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
Mix the dry ingredients into the sugar and egg mixture.
Stir in the oats, chocolate, raisins, nuts and fruit.
Drop by ice cream scoop onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Give each scoop a little flatten with your palm and press in a piece of chocolate bar.
Bake at 375 degrees for 14-16 minutes, until the cookies are slightly flattened and golden around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet before moving to wire rack.
These cookies are soft and chewy on the inside with a nice crusty edge. Excellent served with cold milk or divorce papers.
posted Monday, June 11, 2012