Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 1: Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Today was the first day, and of course the easiest since it's someone we already know. We decided to pick our neighbor who referred us to our other neighbor that lives only a few feet away. We've never actually met him before..but he always brings the garbage cans back in every week which is really nice. So thanks Sarah for helping us meet him! The cookie recipe for today isn't one I chose specifically..Yesterday I made them but only cooked 1 batch and froze the rest. (By the way, it's a really good idea when you want to make cookies but don't neccessarily want to cook or eat them all right away to scoop out the dough into balls and then place them onto your cookie sheet very close together. Then once you've filled your tray, cover it in saran wrap and place it in the freezer for two to three hours, until partially frozen. Once the dough is partially frozen, place in a freezer bag and put them back in the freezer. You can label the bag with the name, date, cooking temp., etc. This way you can pull out a couple at a time whenever you want them without having a solid brick of cookie dough. Just a tip I learned recently and thought i'd share!) Back to the recipe (from Hershey):

OatMeal Butterscotch Cookies


3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick-cooking or regular rolled oats, uncooked
1-3/4 cups (11-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Butterscotch Chips

1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
3. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips; mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies. Follow TawnyAlexander on Twitter

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Year Of The Cookie

Hi! This is Tawny and Matt and we are going to start "The Year Of The Cookie." Starting April 30, 2010, We are going to bake a different cookie recipe each day for one full year. We will take these cookies to a new person every day. We'll start by giving them to somebody we know, then we will ask that person to refer us to someone they know, but that we do not know. The next day, we will deliver cookies to the person we were referred to. Then the cycle will continue and we will ask them to refer us to someone, so that we are meeting a new person every day for 1 year. We will post the cookie recipe and a short story about the experience from that day.
Basically it just sounded like a fun idea as well as getting to meet new people and be more involved in the community. And also because I love cooking and baking, especially love cookies (might even have a small obsession with them). Sounds like fun, right? Well, read along and find out :) Oh yea, feel free to share any comments or suggestions you might have. Follow TawnyAlexander on Twitter