24 April 2008

A tale of two cookies: part one

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way."

--Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

That's in the top two best opening lines I've ever read. The other one is from Iain Banks' The Crow Road--"It was the day my grandmother exploded." Now whether or not I'll use the great Mr. Banks' works for titular inspiration remains to be seen.

As apt a present-day commentary as Mr. Dickens' words are this post isn't meant to be a discourse on current events. No, instead it is the first of a two part series on cookies.

This week was one of my work-related milestones: seven years at the company. For whatever reason, the tradition is whenever you have something to celebrate (birthday, engagement, wedding, birth of a child, divorce, whatever) you have to provide the treats...the same goes for workaversaries.

"Harrumph!" I say and "double harrumph!" at that.

Have they not yet realised that they should be fĂȘting me? Didn't they know that they should have laid a rose petal carpet from my prize parking spot to the front door? And what about the balloon bouquets gracing every doorway? How about having
Gerard Butler, Colin Firth and Richard Armitage available at my beck and call? Jeans day??

No, apparently not.


So I need to bring a treat in for the workaversary. I usually do a cake or cuppycakes but this year I decided on cookies. The only thing I knew was I didn't want to bring in regular chocolate chip cookies. Not saying anything bad about chocochip cookies--I've had more than my fair share of good ones--I just wanted something different.

What made my cookie making adventure slightly more annoying was the fact we have a Timmys in our office. Which means we have Timmy cookies...and Timmys makes good cookies (IMO)...especially their caramel chocolate pecan ones. Mmmmmmm....caramel chocolate pecan cookies. Not that I'd make caramel chocolate pecan cookies...just be inspired by them

I rummaged through my cupboard and found some butterscotch chips and pecan bits and added them to the basic cookie recipe I use (which happens to be based on the one found on the milk chocolate Chippits bag). What I like about this particular cookie recipe is that you don't have to use a mixer to do the dough--all you need is a bowl and a wooden spoon.

Fresh from the oven they are a little poofy, but chewy and just so buttery good. Cooled they are on this side of butter-pecan. By far, they were a hit at the office...

Butterscotch Pecan Cookies
Yields about 5 dozen cookies, depending upon your cookie spoon.

150ml melted butter
340g light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 dsp hot water
1 tsp vanilla extract
375g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4tsp salt
250g butterscotch chips
150g pecan bits

Preheat oven to 375F/190C and prepare your cookie trays in the usual way.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together the butter, sugar, eggs, hot water and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the flour and then fold in the butterscotch chips and pecan bits.

Drop by teaspoonful onto the aforementioned prepared cookie trays. Press slightly and bake until done, about eight to 10 minutes.


Related Post: A tale of two cookies: part two

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K and S said...

that you have to provide the treat for YOUR workaversary, is just wrong! those cookies look wonderful though, and congratulations on your milestone :)

Brilynn said...

I randomly bring cookies into work when I feel like baking, (um, which is everyday) and I think these would definitely go over well! And if not, screw 'em, I'll eat them myself.

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are a real treat!
I never got the thought that the one celebrating should take the food - that person should receive gifts, not give them! :)

glamah16 said...

I'm all about Butterscotch these days.Yum Happy Workervesary.

Deborah said...

Wow - 7 years! That's great - except for the fact that you had to bring your own treats! These cookies do sound very tasty, though!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure they were a hit! I've discovered that most people out there rarely, if ever, eat made-from-scratch home baked goods. The cookies sound wonderful.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Much as I totally love chocolate chip cookies I really get totally excited for the variety in flavors around now butterscotch, cinnamon, dark chocolate, peanut butter, peanut brittle . . . well you understand.
Butterscotch and pecan bits sounds most excellent. Take them cookies like these and they'll never get the idea they should treat you!

Gretchen Noelle said...

These look delicious! Can't wait to see the next one as well!

creampuff said...

Happy Workaversary! And I agree with you, Timmy's does make good cookies. But I bet yours are much better!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

As delicious as those cookies look, I think I'd rather have Colin Firth for my work anniversary celebration!

jasmine said...

Hello all

Thanks for the well wishes--how's about starting a petition to change the workaversary tradition?

Lydia: You know, you're right!