The math isn’t exactly challenging: 12 cookies in 12 days; this is December 11th; tomorrow is the last day; and I have posted five cookies. Five. Bear in mind that I’ve made eight, and have dough for a ninth sitting in the fridge just waiting for several hours of time so that I can play my favorite holiday music, spread out my materials, and decorate cookies. Trust me when I say that time between the hours of 6 and 10 p.m. does not count as an available chunk. Once upon a time I could have been extremely productive at that time of day, but no longer. It’s easy to conclude then that I will be engaging more in a month of cookies, or something like that. And perhaps I’ll throw in a holiday bread or two. Maybe.
Nevertheless, here are my Hazelnut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, which not only look like ordinary chocolate chippers, they taste like ordinary chocolate chippers. That isn’t a bad thing if you’re me, because chocolate chip cookies will always be my favorite cookie even though I’d never consider it a holiday cookie.
I had hazelnuts in the pantry, so decided to make my own hazelnut butter for these. It’s not complicated if you have a Cuisinart, 10 minutes, and don’t mind telling your neighbors to prepare for the sound of nuts clacking crazily against plastic.
I know. You’ve already been to the Well Fed Network. You’ve scanned the five contendahs in the Best Food Blog: Humor category and you immediately see me. And then you think, “Wait. What the heck is she doing there?” and I’d say, “Exactly.”
Because there’s a pretty famous person on that list. Okay, so even he isn’t winning. But still.
I’m thinking I can bribe you with cookies — especially because I’m behind on that semi-sort of kind of resolution thing I never really made but have found myself roped in to. Just because you haven’t seen a cookie here in more than a week doesn’t mean I’ve given up. Oh no. I’m ready and have cookies waiting in the wings.
I can tell you already, though, that making cookies for my son’s lunch isn’t saving me money. The routine goes something like this: It’s Sunday evening (which means last minute, right?) and I think about what ye ol’ larder holds, peruse the unruly contents, then flip open the big cookie book and desperately look for a recipe that doesn’t need butter. I’m exaggerating a bit, but it has happened, and yes, there are cookie recipes that don’t include butter. Can you even imagine? Completely sacrilegious if you ask me.
If I choose the recipe first and then go to the store to shop for the ingredients, I come home with enough groceries to feed half the neighborhood. This is not cheap. There will never be a day when I “run” to the store only for a pound of butter. I mean, come on — the grocery store is a far too glittery place. So lunch cookies end up costing a bundle and I might as well get back to purchasing Little Debbies for his lunch.
So I bring you cookies today — cookies made without a trip to the grocery store. Cookies that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. Cookies I’m willing to share to squeeze votes from you, your mailman, your UPS driver, and your distant relatives.