Thursday, May 7, 2009

Meet the Candidates, Eat the Cookies

The school budget vote is coming up as is the board of education election. My friend Mary Anne asked me to bake some cookies for a meet-the-candidates forum tomorrow at 7p.m. in the High School library. Since I just picked up a giant container of chocolate sprinkles at B.J.'s in Riverhead on Monday, I went with chocolate sprinkle cookies. These are the cookies that inspired the Facebook page, "Fans of Rose's Mom's Cookies." That group is limited to 8th grade girls who sit at the same cafeteria table as my daughter, but you may become an unofficial fan if you act quickly at tomorrow night's forum. Here is the recipe (adapted from Mom's Big Book of Baking), if you can't make it but you'd like to bake some cookies.

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
6 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine teh flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.
3. Place the sprinkles in a small bowl. Scoop up a tablespoon of dough and roll it between your palms to form a ball. Roll the balls in the sprinkles. Place them on parchment-lined baking sheets, laving 3 inches between each cookie. Bake until the cookies are dry on top, about 10 minutes. Let them stand for 5 minutes on the baking sheets before sliding the entire sheet of parchment from the pan to a wire rack. Let the cookies cool completely.


  1. Yay! I'm so glad you're blogging. Isn't it the greatest way to not earn a living? How do I subscribe? And how did you get this great background? And are those cookies chewy or crispy?

  2. Thank you for reading! They're chewy and good. Yes, this is fun. I hatched the idea yesterday and today it's a blog! The background is from

  3. omg, yum. You know, I've blogged about recipes of yours at least a few times in the past... now when I do, I can link to your blog.

  4. Thanks for finding me, Justin! This weekend I'm going to bake another no-knead bread. Also going to get my sourdough starter going again. I haven't fed it in about 6 months...

  5. do starters last for 6 months with no feeding? And are you talking about Nancy Baggett's book, or just in general. Nancy's book has been doing really well for us. I'm so happy for her.

  6. Yes, I love Nancy's book. And Dan Leader says that dehydrated sourdough starters found in the Egyptian Pyramids have been re-activated! I know I've let my own starter go for a couple of months and have revived it. It may take a few days, but I think something is still alive in the container.

  7. Just added the baking soda. Thanks, Gwen!