My kitchen was full of food when I left town last week. I had spent Friday grocery shopping, baking bread, and making cookies. I wanted to make sure Lee would have enough to eat while I was gone without subsisting on chips+salsa.
Look at those crunchy, buttery edges and chewy, oaty mountains of cookie!
He ate pretty well on his own. Most of the sourdough loaf Iâ€™d baked was gone when I got home last night and Lee had left me a few cookies (four to be exact). Given the deliciousness of the cookies, Iâ€™m surprised he was able to restrain himself. These particular cookies came from the Foodzie Cookies & Confections Cooking Box that my mom sent me a few weeks ago. We ordered boxes for each other when they went on sale post-Christmas. Iâ€™ve had my eye on Foodzieâ€™s extravagant Tasting and Cooking Boxes for a while but couldnâ€™t justify buying one for myself. Isnâ€™t that what moms are for? It was a perfect gift exchange.
I photographed the goods as soon as they arrived.
Only the recipe and one of the ingredients were really in the box. The rest came from my pantry.
After Lee and I each ate one for dessert last night, only two cookies remained. I have a feeling theyâ€™ll be gone by tomorrow!
I canâ€™t decide which I love more: the cute recipe cards with cookies recipes from fantastic bloggers or the mouth-watering selection of special ingredients for those cookies. The edibles are ample supply for cookie baking and then some. The cards will add some heft to the cookie section of my recipe box and will probably be butter-stained in no time.
The recipe for Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries and Pistachios from The Vintage Mixer caught my eye first. Iâ€™m just an oatmeal cookie kind of girl. Every chewy, sweet bite of oats brings me complete dessert happiness and satisfaction, no milk dunking necessary. Rather than a vehicle for chocolate, sugar, or frosting, an oatmeal cookie is a real food all by itself. Itâ€™s whatâ€™s inside that counts. In this case, the Benjamin Twiggs Michigan Dried Red Cherries went a long way towards making an excellent cookie.
I must confess, I used the walnuts and pecans that were already in my pantry rather than buying pistachios for this recipe. Itâ€™s hard to find shelled pistachios that arenâ€™t already roasted and coated in salt! The nuts I used were great but Iâ€™m determined to have green hunks of goodness in my next batch of Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries and Pistachios.