I decided this morning, after four snooze buttons, exactly what my life is missing.
(And it’s totally not extra time for shopping and wrapping and the like. I could have that…if it wasn’t for the snooze button obsession.)
It’s a book club! A real one…with just enough wine to be social, but not so much that we can’t talk about the book anymore. If we could be intellectual drinkers in this book club…I think that would be a good situation.
Here’s the immediate situation. I really need to discuss parallels between Gone Girl and The Great Gatsby. There’s some Desi/Gatsby similarities there…and until I’ve talked them through, the English teacher/lit nerd in me is just not going to be content.
Also… months ago I heard a news report about Miley Cyrus sending stream of consciousness tweets. (Really…I can’t make this stuff up.) And without a first hour AP Literature class…I just don’t know who to talk about these things with.
This is maybe crazy. But I think a plate of cookies and a bottle of wine would make it less so.
I like starting oatmeal cookies with two sticks of butter in a saucepot to brown. It feels like nothing can go wrong. (Because it totally can’t.)
These particular brown butter oatmeal cookies are studded with chocolate chips and pecans. We could leave well enough alone here…but that’s only sort of fun.
Instead, about two minutes before their baking time is up, these cookies are removed from the oven, and a Rolo candy is placed in the center of each. They finish baking, and the Rolo has just enough time to soften, without melting all over the place. Then! A pecan half is pressed in the center of each chocolate.
This is basically what happens when you make these rolo pretzel turtles, but atop cookies instead of pretzels. This means, if you’d rather have a holiday pop of red or green, they could be topped with m&m’s instead of pecans. I just like pecans too much to make the swap.
I also like red wine…because it feels like the sort you’d drink when it’s time to be sophisticated and discuss literature. Which it’s time to do already.
Oatmeal Cookie Rolo Turtles
cookie recipe adapted from Quaker
1 cup (2 sticks butter), browned
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 bag rolo candies (there should be about 4 dozen in the bag)
48 pecan halves
Brown butter in a small saucepan, and set aside to cool. Add sugars, and mix with a wooden spoon. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. (Be careful that the butter has cooled before adding the eggs, or they will begin to scramble.) Stir in vanilla. Add dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and oats) and stir to incorporate. Fold in chocolate chips and pecans. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto an ungreased baking sheet, and bake 7 minutes in a preheated 350° oven. Remove from oven, and press a Rolo candy into the center of each cookie. Return to the oven for an additional 2 minutes. Immediately upon removing from oven the second time, press a pecan half into the center of each Rolo, and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool for 2-3 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.