But not a cookie contest, unfortunately.
I am making my very very favorite cookies to celebrate Tyson's last day of school, which he is celebrating by playing poker. It is a combination of two recipes:
Kitchen Sink Cookies (with commentary)
2 sticks butter, softened but still cool (not margarine, not canola sticks, not shortening; real, honest-to-god butter)
1 cup brown sugar (the darkest you can find--better for brown sugar cookies later!)
1 cup white sugar (I used washed raw sugar last time because that's all I had, and it was good, too.)
1 T vanilla extract (don't be cheap; use the real stuff)
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t cinnamon
dash ginger or whatever else I'm in the mood for
1 1/2 to 1 3/4 c flour
3 c whole (not quick) oats
1/2 bag good-quality dark chocolate chips (like Ghirardelli)
1/2 bag butterscotch chips
1/2 c dried cherries (or Sunkist makes a really good mix of blueberries, cherries, cranberries, and raspberries, except I don't like the texture of the raspberries so I pick them out first)
1/4 c raisins
1/2 c walnuts or pecans (or a combination of both)
Beat butter until creamy; add sugars and beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla.
With the mixer or by hand, add the baking powder and spices, then gradually add flour until combined.
With a wooden spoon, mix in oats, chips, dried fruit, and nuts. Shape into 2-inch blobs on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes, rotate the tray, and bake 10-12 more minutes or until done. (For super-easy clean-up, line your baking sheet with parchment. I think this is supposed to help even out the heat distribution, but the jury's still out on that one.) Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool.
Really, wait for a good 20 minutes or so: this is one cookie that isn't as good straight from the oven. If you need something to tide you over, sneak a little of the dough.
So those are the cookies. The very best thing about them is that it takes half a bag of the chips and dried fruits, so there's a built-in reason to make more before too long. And if you staggered the chips and the fruit, you'd become trapped in a delicious cycle of cookie making.
The contest is the link Tyson posted yesterday. First person to explain how it works wins. Maybe if you are Tyson, or Juan or Karen who live in our back house but probably don't read my blog, you win some cookies!