September 02, 2008

Grumpy wants a truck and the TWD treat of the week

Uh huh. After years of hearing, "I deserve to get what I want. I don't want to settle for anything less." I said "O.K." Grumpy can get his truck.....within financial limitations! Poor Grumpy. This morning he said to me "I feel like a prisoner who has been told he can go free....but the warden can't find the key!" I so want him to have his King Cab fully loaded Chevy or Sierra 4x4. I just so don't want a huge payment. So, he has permission to start looking but he's been asked to consider the cost, and if he can hold off just a couple more months, we will be in a better position to buy what he wants. Still. I feel like a witch. Because I gave him what he wants, but am still holding him at bay. I guess in my own way I am letting him know he is closer than ever to getting what he wants and its within sight. Believe me, the day Grumpy has his new truck, I'll be posting for the world to see my Happy Grumpy with his prized possession!

So, to try and make him feel better (although I doubt it did because he's driven some trucks to test drive and he can just taste the desire so much stronger now) I made the TWD treat for the week. Stefany of Proceed with Caution chose, Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters on page 73 of Dorie Greenspan's Baking cookbook. To view the recipe you can visit Stefany's blog.

Well, I must say, this was one cookie dough I could not keep my fingers out of! The only thing that stopped me eating the dough was putting it back in the fridge to keep cold while one batch was baking! Now I had to force myself to NOT eat these cookies. I decided that since Grumpy and I are supposed to be switching to healthier lifestyles (and these cookies are far from healthy for you - with 1 cup butter and 1 cup peanut butter they are filled with fat) that this week and next when making cookies for TWD we will eat one cookie each, I'll leave a few for Chris, and the rest will go to work for Friday seminar. Ok, they will go to Friday seminar if I don't give them to my other son and his wife to try too. lol. Someday I may just have to make some goodies for Chris to take to work also since he tells everyone about his mom's cooking, maybe he should share some of it with them!

This recipe is a definite keeper. I followed Dorie's recipe and had only a "slight" hesitation when I saw the word nutmeg. I have never been a nutmeg fan, but in certain things I do like it. I wasn't crazy about it in the Black and White Banana loaf but I really liked it in these cookies (hence my cookie dough stealing). This recipe made just under 4 dozen cookies - not bad! For additions what I added was the following:
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
I did read that some people were having trouble with their cookies being hard. Mine did not turn out hard. They were crunchy with a slightly softer center. I did not let the dough sit overnight in the fridge. Instead, I only chilled the dough about 3-1/2 hours before baking. Dorie suggests chilling the dough at least 2 hours up to overnight. I guess from the experience of others, I would not chill overnight as I read they had rock hard dough from doing so.

I also read that people didn't notice much "peanutty" taste. This was one of the reasons I used peanut butter chips. The flavor of peanut butter was not as strong as you would suspect (especially using a full cup of it!) but it was there.

So far, I would have to say I have liked all cookies I have made of Dorie's. I have made the World Peace and Granola Grabbers (another TWD post) and now these. I never thought I was a cookie person unless they were my Nanny's soft, tender cookies. I guess as I have gotten older my cookie consumption has expanded and I am finding that I like them!

To see what other TWD bakers did with their cookies this week, visit our blogroll!

33 comments:

  1. Your Chipsters look very yummy, I took them all to work and have about 5 cookies left!!

    My blog about the cookies will be up later tonight as I'm at work at the moment (taking a short coffee break to look at all my fellow TWD-bloggers) and have a birthday later tonight.

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  2. I kept eating the dough for this one, too. Your cookies look really good!

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  3. Your chipsters look great! Good thing you have an office to foist them on instead of eating them all yourself (as I might end up doing).

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  4. Your cookies look delish! I agree about the dough, it was amazing. Dorie's World Peace Cookies are my all time favorite!
    Nancy
    The Dogs Eat the Crumbs

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  5. I'm not a fan of nutmeg either! I think maybe we're twins! The cookies look tasty but fattening!

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  6. Your cookies look perfect! That is great that yours were chewy -- mine ended up a little too crispy for my taste. I hope a warm plate of these cookies helped with the truck thing!

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  7. hahaha i hope you didn't eat that much cookie dough! those look great, the addition of peanut butter chips sounds yummmmmmy

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  8. I'm not a nutmeg person either but I'm certainly learning to trust Dorie- I've liked just about everything I've tried so far! Your cookies look beautiful- I hope your hubby gets his truck soon!

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  9. Those look really tasty. I should have added pb chips.

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  10. Oh yum, and keep us posted on Grumpy's truck hunt.

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  11. I'm glad yours came out so good! Mine needed a bit more PB taste -- maybe I'll try adding the chips! :-)

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  12. Oh I hate car payments too! They are like a quarter of a mortgage.

    The cookies look delicious!

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  13. I was the same way... unable to keep my fingers out of the cookie dough :) Love your write up -and I look forward to seeing Grumpy's new truck!

    Have a delicious day!!

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  14. Yours look so good! My dh said that they were a bit too crunchy for his tastes but the kids all loved them.
    I wish I would've added pb chips too. Great idea!

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  15. Your cookies look great! I am glad you liked them too.
    We are currently eating them with ice cream between them, for extra badness.

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  16. Wow, lovely cookie photos! I had to send mine away, too. ;)

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  17. yum, your cookies look perfect!! mine were soft too (2-hour chill time). glad you liked 'em! :)

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  18. Yum, I have this book. I will need to go find this recipe. And I am totally with you about how much adding peanut butter chips (or peanut butter and chocolate swirled chips) can do for a PB cookie. They are indispensable.

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  19. If only we could all retain our childlike excitement over things like cookies rather than trucks and big ticket items...Oh, well. He's lucky to have someone baking for him and watching out for the family finances!

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  20. i totally tasted the PB in these! glad you tried the nutmeg :) they look great!

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  21. Your cookies turned out looking fab! This really was a great tasting cookie dough!

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  22. Oh, yum! Your cookies look so delicious! I couldn't taste the nutmeg at all because the cinnamon was a bit overpowering.

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  23. Nice looking cookies! I have to file this recipe away to try very soon. It's got all my favorites in it!

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  24. I hear ya on the not wanting a big payment. We now have no car payment and my husband wants a new car. I was like why do you want a car payment again?!? Men and their toys. :)
    I still need to go and make these for me.

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  25. Good luck to "Grumpy" getting his truck! For now, those gorgeous cookies can hold him over!

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  26. Your cookies look scrumptious. I think I will try your additions next time I make this recipe - the peanuts especially.

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  27. Oh yes, these cookies look amazing! I am having cravings right now, I need to control myself. Very nice HoneyB.

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  28. I must say, your cookies look divine! Good job! :D

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  29. Those cookies look good! I like that you used the peanut butter chips. There are just so many good looking cookies around. I am going to have to bake some up soon!

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  30. LOL, poor grumpy. Actually, he needs to count his blessings, you are saving him from a heart attack the first time he has to fill the gas tank of his shiny, new truck.

    Your cookies look fantastic, they turned out perfectly.

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  31. Your cookies look great! I loved the dough, too!

    Let me know how you like the chocolate chip cookie recipes that you try! My favorite is the NY Times recipe! Yum!

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  32. Adding the peanut chips sounds like a good idea. Mine definitely weren't "peanutty" enough for my tastes. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be making these again to try your modifications!

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