Monday, March 26, 2012

Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Pecan Cookies

There's a lot of rude, selfish people out there that we unfortunately have to share this planet with.  That's probably not telling you anything you don't already know.  I'm familiar with the usual annoyances, such as people who don't understand the proper way to use a merge lane on the highway, which is to use the entire length of that lane to facilitate the flow of traffic.  One of the two instances last week in traffic where I was given the 'bird' was after I politely referred to a gentleman driver as 'assface' who would not let me merge into the southbound lane.  Warm weather and windows rolled down will bring that sort of thing.  Other standard people that piss me off include those that don't pick up their dog's excrement.  That's just lazy, not to mention gross.  Or how about the grocery store shoppers who leave their cart in the middle of the aisle while they wander off to find something.  These are the same people who are yapping away on the cell phone during check-out.  You don't need to delve into a deep philosophical convo with the check-out person, but have some respect.  They, and me behind them, don't need to hear about little Timmy's problems in math class or how your baby daddy gots some new floozy.  I could list a million reasons why people piss me off, but that would take a long time.  Just when I thought I'd experienced them all, a new one comes along- this lady cut right in front of me when I was filling up my drink cup at the self-serve soda machine at Culver's.  I got my ice no problem, but then out of nowhere this beeyatch swoops in and refills her root beer just as I was headed for that selection.  Here's the kicker- she apologized, but then said she hasn't gotten in her share of being rude that day, so blame it on that.  What? WTF is that, besides a poor excuse to be a beeyatch? I'm a firm believer in karma, and one day soon that lady is going to get hers.  When I feel as though my world is being overwhelmed by assfaces and beeyatches, I like to do nice things to compensate, like making cookies and sharing them with people who act normal.

The chocolate and orange combo is heavenly in this cookie recipe.  I thought the first batch was slightly undercooked as they didn't look set after 12 minutes or so, but baking them longer resulted in cookies that could have broken windows.  They were tasty, but a little too hard.  You can substitute any sort of nut for the pecans. If you don't jive on the chocolate/orange deal, feel free to leave out the zest, but you'll be missing something. 

Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Pecan Cookies
makes about 3 dozen cookies

8 TB unsalted butter, at room temp
3/4 C sugar
1 C light brown sugar, firmly packed of course
1 ts salt
1 ts vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 C flour
1 ts baking soda
1/2 ts ground cinnamon
1/4 ts ground nutmeg
1 C quick-cooking oats
2 C chopped pecans
2 ts grated orange zest
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment or a Silpat (nonstick baking mat). Using an electric mixer, beat the butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla, and beat until well mixed, about three minutes. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a separate bowl. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter with the mixer on low speed. Once the flour has been incorporated, add the second half. Stir in the oats, pecans, orange zest, and chocolate chips until just mixed. Drop the dough, by the tablespoon, onto the cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and cool the cookies on a rack. Store at room temperature in a cookie jar or other airtight container for up to a few days, but they won't last that long.  Especially if you're nice and you share.  

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