I’m always late with things like this.
To be fair though, this lateness could not have been prevented. It is not because I’m so messy I could build an excellent fort out of all the crap on my desk, or my general forgetfulness, or…no wait that’s exactly what’s going on here.
To tell this story completely we need to rewind a month:
It’s mid-November, and I’m checking in with some of the food blogs I follow when I see this picture:
It had the word cookie in it. Clearly this could only be good.
I nudge Ashok (who was conveniently sitting next to me at the time) and take a look at the site.
The game was simple:
- Donate money to charity
- Bake 3 Dozen cookies
- Send these cookies to three fellow food bloggers
- Receive 1 Dozen cookies from three different food bloggers
Ashok was as keen on this idea as I was, so we signed up, received the people who we would be sending cookies to, and learned cookies needed to be postmarked and in the mail by December 5th.
Suddenly it’s the week of December 5th, I’m in the very middle of a very stressful Finals period and now cookies must be baked.
Can I have a show of hands as to who saw this coming? Everyone but me? Thought so.
Ashok’ managed to have his own adventures with cookie baking. Delicious, slightly troubling adventures.
The following is my recipe for Vanilla Cardamom cookies:
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 egg
- Guts of 1 vanilla bean
- Cardamom (how much is up to you. If you like cardamom, use it! If you don’t, use less. I will not police your usage of this spice)
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
- Place 1 stick of butter in a frying pan and keep over medium heat until it turns dark brown and gives off a nutty smell. This will involve standing over the pan and keeping the butter in motion for much of the 3-5 minutes it takes to achieve this. Otherwise you’ll end up with burnt butter…gross
- Put other stick of butter and brown sugar in a bowl. If the bowl is plastic, I also recommend a fork. Why? Because then you’ll add the browned butter (the stuff in the frying pan) to this bowl. If you use a plastic bowl here it has a chance of melting, but a metal fork will soak up a lot of that heat. SCIENCE! WOO!
- Give the mix a minute or two to cool before combining it with the egg beaters of your choice.
- Add in flour, egg, salt, baking soda, vanilla guts, and combine. You should be left with something that looks suspiciously like cookie dough. Do not be afraid. In fact, you have created cookie dough.
- Add as much ground cardamom as your heart desires and ensure that it is stirred in
- Bake for about 10 minutes (depending on your oven) and enjoy.
I baked up three batches of these, packaged them (a harder process than you might expect when your local post office agent gives you sass) and got them in by the deadline to three fantastic blogs. Still, this is the first minute I’ve had to make a post, as well as to say thank you to the three bloggers who took time out of their lives to bake me cookies, so my recipe hasn’t been posted with all the other amazing participants.
Since I have access to a camera again, I took it upon myself to take artsy pictures of these cookies as well.
This is really a great event, and does some pretty cool things in the world. If you have your own cooking blog, I’d strongly suggest joining in next year. Just make sure you either get around to building your desk-crap-fort or actually getting organized before you do.
That’s all for now!