Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Nestle's on a Diet: It's a Cookie... It's a Granola Bar... Gulp - It's Gone!

Labor Day labors...

There's a nip in the air, the windows are up, and the curtains are blowing in a fresh breeze. It's geranium weather! A cool 67 in the morning, and a delightful 81 in the afternoon. And such a relief from the torturous summer heat. It's the kind of weather that screams, 'Let the cleaning begin'!

The cabinets were emptied, walls wiped down, pantry gone through, dishes re-organized. Knowing that everything is clean and neat creates such a fresh, homey feeling. It also creates other feelings in the tummies of those that help out...

14 yr old: "Ya know, we haven't had lemonade in a long time. Do you think all this work is worth some lemonade?"
Mom: "Definitely. Are you making?"
14 yr old: "Yeah. Actually, this massive amount of work is worth COOKIES."
Mom doesn't reply. She's just lookin' at him.
14 yr old, after gauging the reaction, or lack thereof: "I'll make lemonade if you'll make cookies"
Mom: "Deal."

The cookies:
(based on the recipe from the infamous Nestle's Chip bag. I've perfected it since that fateful day 19 years ago...)

1/2 c shortening
1/2 c butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c raw sugar

Cream well
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Beat for 3 min, or 'til your arm feels like it's gonna fall off
2 c wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Mix just 'til combined
3 c rolled oats
12 oz dark chocolate chips
1 c. pecans

Add and stir by hand
Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet or stone.
Bake @ 325 for 10-15 min.
Remove from oven, loosen from baking sheet/stone.
Let sit for 5 or so minutes.
Quietly pour a cup of milk.
Hope no one walks in as you taste the first, second, third cookie.

The Last Cookie

So, this morning the afore mentioned kid is running late for school. And what does he grab for breakfast? You got it. Cookies. I was lucky to have one left to photograph! Good thing I cut the sugar in half, used wheat flour, and put in all those oats, huh?

Naturally, I'm still waiting on the lemonade.


1 comment:

  1. sounds like a typical teenager deal to me! at least we know the cookies were good.