“Christmas” Cookies? We Don’t Need No Stinking Christmas Cookies!

Chocolate Chip Cookies – makes 3 dozen

1/3 cup margarine or butter

1/3 cup shortening

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp Vanilla (OK if you add 1 teaspoon more)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

6 oz (1 cup) chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional), such as pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 F

1. Cream the sugars with the shortening and margarine

2. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix well

3. Add the flour, salt, and soda. Mix until combined. The dough will be stiff.

4. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.

5. Drop rounded tablespoon of dough on ungreased cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Tops should be slightly brown.  Overdone cookies are sneaky – the tops will look OK but the bottoms will be black. If that happens, just scrape the burnt stuff off with a butter knife. It’s happened to me many times (hey, I was busy watching the game on TV and/or drinking beer).

7. Cool on racks, then store in airtight container or plastic bag (what I usually do).

If you want that festive seasonal look, substitute 1 cup colored M & Ms for the chocolate chips. They make M & Ms for almost all holidays so you’re covered.

Thanks for the kind words for my healing. This is what I traded the Frankenstein fixator for:

My new boot

My new boot

Below is something to dance to while cookie baking. It is from Elvis’ 1957 Christmas album. It is in MP3 format.

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Love ’em and Love y’all: Lemon Butter cookies

It’s a good time to settle in with your dearest one on this day of love.  The weather is unpredictable: warm one day and cold the next.  Best to just be indoors with your sweetie and something tasty to nibble.  The cookie recipe comes from Southern Living February 2010 issue.  I made them last year for VDay because they were easy and my honey likes lemon bars.  Lemon bars are hard to cut into heart shapes, so try this instead.  This year I’ll be making them for the weekend because the Mr. is in the capital city all week for his new job orientation.  That means me and the scrounge cats can eat really weird stuff while he’s away!

Lemon Butter cookies for VDay

Something to listen to while you’re accessing the recipe:

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So happy together in Canton

So happy together in Canton

One last sweet to savor:

In Love in Love

Jozetta Helfrich

Jozetta Helfrich met the love of her life at Love Library.

It was a July day in 1939. Jozetta was working as a student assistant behind the circulation desk when her supervisor informed her that a young man nearby surely must have a crush on her.

He keeps looking up at you from the book he’s reading, the supervisor told her, and that book is upside-down!

The young man eventually returned the book to Jozetta. Inside, she found a note he’d left asking if she’d like to go with him to a movie.

If the answer is no, please do a headstand on the circulation desk and clap your feet together twice. But if the answer is yes, simply put this book in the cart.

No Computer Kitty Menopause & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apologies for skimpy posts après holiday.  My computer wasn’t up to the task of Office 2010, Playon, and Windows 7 on a single processor.   The computer guy was amazed I got the computer to work at all.  Windows 7 requires significantly more processor capacity than Windows XP.  Yeah, I got tired of watching hourglasses and spinning arrow circles.  It cut seriously into scrounging.  Scrounge cat three has pee problems thanks to kitty menopause.  It takes two of us to shoot a pill down her throat and just one PO’d cat to spit them up around the house.  Just found one under my desk.  Well, the answer to most computer problems is “spend money”.  Using that answer got me one that should last for at least five years, or until the next technology surge catches up with the Deep South pine belt. What to do inbetween hand writing articles and chasing the scrounge cat around the house with a pill syringe?  What you should do whenever the blue mood strikes – have a cookie.  What follows is a recipe I’ve had since my young’un days of the 1970s.  The recipe fits scrounging because it doesn’t require special ingredients.  I’ve even cut up chocolate bars when no chocolate chips were in the pantry.  (Note: I have no idea what recipes mean by “rounded teaspoonfuls”.  Have you ever been able to stop at a “teaspoon”? Thought so.)  Take a break with your favorite beverage and a cookie or two.  Things are only as frustrating as we perceive them to be.

Chocolate Chip Cookies (about 5 dozen)

2/3 cup shortening

2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar (packed)

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

3 ½ cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ salt

½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375°.  Mix shortening, butter, and sugars thoroughly.  This is important for the cookie’s texture.  Add eggs, vanilla and mix well.  Add remaining ingredients; mixture will be stiff but all flour will be absorbed.  Drop by “rounded teaspoonfuls” (tablespoonfuls) about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Cookies will spread during baking. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until light brown (try 8 minutes first because they will burn on bottom before top is “brown” I opt for a pale brown).  Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.

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