I can put a check mark next to another recipe in Ree Drummond’s cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. This time I went for the Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies (p. 272). There is ½ cup of malted milk powder in these cookies, which was enough to make me want to bake them. My intention was to take them all to the potluck dinner at church last night, but it didn’t quite work out the way I had planned.
Letting the cookies cool on the sheet for a minute before I put them on cooling racks wasn’t enough time. They bunched up and tore, leaving holes in completely deflated puddles of chewy chocolatey goodness. The cookies still tasted great, despite their physical deficiencies. Did I doubt they would? No.
My solution was to bake the cookies on my silicon mat, slide the mat onto a cooling rack when the cookies came out of the oven and cook the next batch on a piece of parchment paper. Unfortunately, I only had an approximately six-inch wide strip of paper left in the box. I got the job done, though, and the cookies looked so much better this time.
I piled a plate high with cookies to take to the potluck, thinking I would be coming home with cookies. Not that they weren’t good, it’s just that I imagined people going for the cake or the pie before taking a cookie. Boy, was I wrong!
<<Insert photo of cookies looking pretty on a plate here>>
I was still eating my dinner — hadn’t even looked at the dessert table yet — when a boy near me excitedly asked his friend who made the cookies. When no one answered him right away, he asked the same question again twice more without pausing. I raised my hand and smiled at him.
“They’re gooood!” he said to me, then took off. The boy’s mom asked from the table over, “You made those? They’re great!”
Thank you, Ree Drummond.
When I went to get my own dessert, there was only one cookie left on the plate. Before we left, that last cookie was long gone.
Good thing we still have all the defective ones here at home.
Since this is the fifth recipe I’ve followed out of Ree’s cookbook, I have decided to start keeping a list. I love lists. This is a list of all The Pioneer Woman recipes that I have cooked, in the order in which I love them. #1 being the best, and so on.
#1: Apple Dumplings
#2: Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
#3: Green Bean Casserole
#4: Mustard-Whiskey Meatballs
#5: Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
It was not an easy task to put those in order, believe me. I will update this list as I conquer more recipes.
Guess what we’re doing tomorrow? Dyeing eggs! Don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about it later!