Cookie modifications

Cookies right out of the oven, sprinkled with powdered sugar
Cookies right out of the oven, sprinkled with powdered sugar

For the past few weeks, I picked up an additional temp job scoring standardized tests. It’s interesting to see the process and learn how these things are scored, not to mention the process of reading all the test questions. However, since I signed the confidentiality clause, that’s all I will say. But what it does mean is that I have been working in an office from 5 pm to 10:30 pm every weeknight and at 8 pm every night, we get a break.

The break room is a wonderful and dangerous place. It’s full of vending machines, microwaves and coffeemakers. After discovering that I want an 8 pm snack – in addition to copious amounts of doctored break room coffee  – and deciding that the vending machine snacks are delicious and expensive, I decided to see what I could come up with that would be a tasty treat and economical.

I know I could go with healthy treats like carrot sticks, celery or apple slices but with the little chocolate donuts calling my name, I knew I needed to find a sweet snack to take along for at least part of the time. So when I decided to tackle this little project today, I scavenged the cabinets to see what I could throw together quickly.

And here is what I came up with —

In the back of the cabinet was one package of the dry sugar cookie dough mix left over from Christmas. While I could have turned this into a major baking production using one of the hundreds of cookie recipes I have, that was too much work for the time I had available.  So it is the basis for my recipe.  After following the directions to make drop cookies (adding one egg and a stick of margarine, melted) I started experimenting.

First, I added 1 tablespoon of vanilla and followed that with 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.  I then pulverized a cup of pecans in the grinder and stirred that in. Once that was all mixed together, I made small to medium size rounded balls and placed them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet in a 375 degree oven. In my older oven, they had to bake for about 9 minutes. Once on the cooling rack, I dusted them with powdered sugar to complete the process. While the package said it would make about 2 dozen drop cookies, I got just about 3 dozen with my modifications. I probably would have gotten exactly 3 dozen but I was checking the cookie dough taste along the way to make sure it was acceptable.

All in all, it was one hour from idea to kitchen clean-up. Not bad at all for a spur-of-the-moment idea. Now they can cool and I will package them in snack size Ziplock bags to carry with me. Looking forward to a cookie and coffee on tonight’s break.


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