Here's the recipe for my Marathon Cookies in process.
Brown the butter and set aside to cool.
Cream the creamables: butter (solid and browned) dark brown sugar, and peanut butter.
Combine the wet ingredients: an egg, vanilla, and milk.
Add the wet ingredients to the creamed creamables. Mix.
Combine the dry ingredients: walnuts, walnut flour, hazelnuts, raisins, mini chocolate chips, and a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. (Remember to measure the nuts after you chop/grind.)
Add the dry ingredients to the combined creamables and wet ingredients. Mix.
Scoop, bake, eat, and run. Happy training, marathoners!
Em, a longtime reader and real-life recipe user, recently commented on my Picturing Salty Fluffernutter Cookies post:
I don't like peanut butter but I love marshmallows, you should make a non peanut butter version (basically I want the filling!)
Hi, Em! Hmmm...a marshmallow-only cookie might be a little tough. I'll have to think on that one for a while. In the meantime, though, here's a funny clip you and my S'mores Cookies fans will get a kick out of. Poor marshmallows!
I was driving home from work the other day, and "Casiotone Nation" by Soul Coughing came on the radio.
I don't think I've heard that song since I was a senior in high school or freshman in college. It was one of those moments when you hear something, and you kinda squint and scrunch up your ears as you attempt to place where it was that you last heard this vaguely familiar song.
And then it came to me. Aha...ah, yes! "The 5% nation of lumps in my oatmeal." I know this song and even owned the CD back in the day.
The oatmeal. I swear it follows me wherever I go.
Hard to believe, I know, but sometimes it takes a while to come up with new oatmeal cookie recipes and new content to post every day. Sorry for the recent short-term blog slowdown, but even the Oatmeal Cookie Guy gets sidetracked with real life. There are so many distractions--work, planning what to pack for next month's vacation, catching up with The Real Housewives of New York before the reunion special this Thursday--to the important stuff.
But now I'm back. (No, not from outer space.) And I've got a whole slew of new recipes to bake for you. First up is a lemon-lime cookie. A lemon-lime cookie with coconut. And macadamia nuts.
Once I started down the lemon-lime trail, I couldn't help but think of those old commercials for lymon soda. I could have sworn those ads were for 7up and that the guy from the movie Annie was in them, but it turns out that whole lymon thing was for Sprite, not 7Up. Oh well. At least I got the part about the guy with the famous laugh right. Whatever...I'm still doing that lemon-lime cookie. That lemon-lime cookie with coconut. And macadamia nuts!
It seems like a lifetime ago, but way back when Graham Norton came to New York, I was a part of his studio audience. I remember I was wearing a green gingham shirt, and you could see me from behind when they cut to a wide shot from the audience. The show taped on 26th Street, in the studio where Martha Stewart tapes her show now. Back in the day, though, it was the home of the Ricki Lake Show. (Go Ricki! Go Ricki! Go Ricki!) Graham's guests that night were Ricki and Nathan Lane. So very, very fan-say.
But where am I going with this? Ah...yes. Here's a clip from The Graham Norton Show in which Natalie Imbruglia--you know, that Australian actress/singer of "Torn" fame--demonstrates the "Tim Tam Slam," a tea-and-biscuit trick.
On Sunday, My friend Ken and his kids Karly and Drew showed me this clip from The Liam Show. I was holding my ear to my iPhone in the middle of the restaurant at breakfast and cracking up. Yes...people were giving me the hairy eyeball over my outburst. But who cares? I have to admit that the bits with the off-the-wall flavors kind of reminded me of me a tiny, eency-weency bit.
I love the "Star Wars figure muffin." And I love the Massachusetts-y accent!
I don't know about you, but I'm sick of all this rain. Forget driving Mr. Mini Cooper to work in the morning...I think I'll swim and save the gas. Lordy, lordy. In the meantime, have a few laughs with this clip from Posh Nosh.
My buddy Ryan and I took in an expo of award-winning American and British commercials at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston last weekend. I was so looking forward to some clever, cheeky adverts for British biscuits, but there were none. That's just the way the cookie crumbles (ba-dum-dum).
So, instead, here's another funny spot from the alleged "British Biscuit Advisory Board."
When you're baking and run out of vanilla, you don't have many options: You've got to stop what you're doing and run off to the grocery store. Oh well. It happens...even to me! But you can make the most of your shopping. When I ran out of vanilla in the middle of a batch of cookies the other night, I strode up and down the aisles mumbling some slightly altered lyrics to "Bad Romance":
Where's the va-nil-la?
Oh no. Out, out, out.
Want to bake cook-ies.
I'm not sure how many looks I got, but at least I had fun.
All this Bellini talk has the song "Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America stuck in my head. Here's hoping it gives me some ideas for sticking peaches in a cookie.
Because I'm not really a fan of all that "Auld Lang Syne" stuff, here are some songs (and links to videos) to consider for your own New Year's playlist.
Tori Amos, "Pretty Good Year"
Tracy Chapman, "New Beginning"
U2, "New Year's Day"
Patti Labelle, "New Attitude"
Sting, "Brand New Day"
Indigo Girls, "Closer to Fine"
When you're waiting in the ER for a CT scan, the strangest things pop into your head...like "What cookie am I going to do this Sunday?" and "Why can't I find a video of that song on YouTube?"
I've written about finding cookie inspiration before. I especially like the story of how I came up with my Sweater Weather Cookies. (If you couldn't tell by now, I really like this recipe.) But it occurred to me that there was something else that contributed to the DNA of that recipe. I know it sounds weird, but the cool, mellow feeling of Yo La Tengo's "Autumn Sweater" played a role in there somewhere. Download the song from iTunes and do some leaf-peeping...before the snow starts to fly. Enjoy!