Stop looking at me like that. I know what you’re thinking. Well well well, it’s been a while since your last blog post Salted Cookie lady. You’re right. While my poor coworkers were experiencing freezing temperatures and the first snowfall of the season while shaking from sugar withdrawals, I was on a boat in the Caribbean with a frozen drink in hand, cellphone turned off, bound for Mexico. Yeah that’s right. Am I surprised that when I picked my car up from work yesterday someone decided to smash into my bumper in the garage? No, not really. I feel like that was a sign that I better show up to work tomorrow with lots of sugar.
With that in mind, I felt a lot of pressure to nail a good cookie today. I had one of those cartoon moments where the cartoon guy is sitting there stressing out rubbing his head and bam, a lightbulb pops up above their head and they scream EUREKA! Given the fact I was sweating out some regrettable Fireball shots from last night, I did not jump or scream …. but I was sitting there thinking what to make, what to make …. I have 10 lbs of Halloween candy that one of my awesome coworkers donated to my baking needs … I love Snickerdoodles … so many Snickers …. so many doodles … what if a Snickers Bar and a Snickerdoodle got together and made a beautiful cookie baby? Cue the lightbulb and silent Eureka jumping up and down — a SNICKAHSDOODLE .. Snickers Snickerdoodle? SnickerSdoodle? SNICKAHDIPAHDOODLE? So while the name might need some work … let’s stick with Snickery Doodles. Because unfortunately after googling “Snickers Snickerdoodle” I realized I was not a genius and another cookie blogger Sallys Baking Addiction had the same genius idea and made these Snickery Doodles before … so I used that as a base and made a few modifications.
Anyways, enough about my genius-ness and on to the cookies.
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 and 1/3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups chopped Snickers (about 10-12 fun size Snickers)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Step 1: Cream together butter and sugars. Add in egg, egg yolk and vanilla and mix well.
Step 2: In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to the wet mixture and continue mixing on a low speed.
Step 3: Roughly chop the snickers and add to the dough and mix just until they are evenly incorporated. The dough will be a little dry but that’s the consistency.
Step 4: In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon. Using a medium-cookie scoop, scoop even-size balls of dough and roll them in the cinnamon sugar so they are coated. Place them about an inch apart on a parchment or sil-pat lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 11-12 minutes.
When the cookies come out, let them sit on the baking sheet for about 5-10 minutes until they harden enough to be transferred to a wire cooling rack. Some cookies might be a little deformed looking if a Snickers was on the outside of the cookie and melted a little. But it still tastes good, trust me.
Hopefully these will win back the love of my sugar-withdrawn coworkers. They also moved my seat at work so I imagine people running around the office like crazy in the morning looking for sugar like their lives depend on it.
So 8 days of vacation sure was nice. I’m not trying to rub it in, and don’t worry being as albino as I am, it looks like I just applied a little bronzer to my face but you could hardly call that “tan.” I also rekindled my ability to read books. I read almost 4 books on the boat which made me realize there are other things to read than 90 page business and functional requirements documents or the 800 emails that still sit unread in my work inbox. The Tina Fey book has made me laugh out loud in public. If Tina Fey could bake cookies, I think we’d basically be the same person.
After my recent Breaking Bad binge, I will tell you that one negative side effect is that I am now terrified of everything Mexican. Thank you Tucco Salamanca and your henchmen nephews for making me continue to look behind me every 10 seconds to make sure no one was coming after me. When we took this cab-ride-of-death 30 minutes on what felt like an obstacle course dirt “highway”, I sweated through my beach coverup in the backseat and suggested we turn around immediately before the henchman take us to the furthest part of the island to murder us. Given my parents have not seen Breaking Bad, they thought I was a wee bit dramatic.
Also, spending a week with your family is always interesting. I feel like I should give Skip a shoutout in this blog since he funded this family vacay and brought us all together for a nice week. Even if we almost died on a Mexican cab from some drug lords, at the end of the day we all survived. This is what Skip and I look like after spending a week together.
In the beginning, just two classy consultants talking about leveraging synergies and trial balloons and other such consultanty things that other normal humans don’t understand. Oh you purple cow you, go triage some trial balloons.
This is after about 2 days together. After my neck is tired from shaking my head and giving him the “womp womp” after all of his Skip jokes and LLBean attire.
This is after a week together. Maybe putting this picture on Match.com explains why I am still single? Arghhhh matey. After being born and raised in the ghetto of Southern Connecticut, this bandana shows my solidarity for being from the hometown of the Wiffle Ball. So thank you Skip, and family for putting up with me for a week. And remember, I will never be too old for family vacations.
So all and all, a nice trip. Hopefully my coworkers forgive me for a week without cookies and leave me in peace while I sort through over 800 emails tomorrow morning. Hopefully my new desk has this same view: