One year ago today, I made a cheese quiche out of one of my favorite cookbooks. 83 posts (including this one!) later, Sarah Cooks the Books is a year old, and I feel like I'm finally starting to get into the swing of things. Sort of.
I was going to post some stats, how many page views I've had and how many facebook followers I've managed to con into following me, but I decided that all that doesn't really matter. What matters is that you're all here, reading my little corner of the Internet, and hopefully finding some cool recipes to try to cookbooks to check out.
If I'd had more foresight, I would have put together a giveaway or something. Does anyone want the second cup of Fruity Pebbles I didn't use? You can have it if you do!
In celebration of my one-year
annblogiversary, I decided to do some baking. (Clearly, I don't bake often enough. My mixer had two very dead bugs in it. Gross, you guys. Gross.)
After washing out the bowl with soap and very, very hot water, I decided to hop over to one of the food blogs I follow and like, justJENN recipes, and make some cookies I'd pinned to Pinterest a couple days ago. She calls them Rainbow Crunch Cookies. I'm calling them Magical Fairy Wizard Cookies, mainly because these things make no logical sense.
For one, there are no eggs in them. There's nothing really to bind them together, as I learned as I wrestled with the batter for like an hour. But the reason I'm actually pretty well convinced they're magical is, if you manage to take a bite of one without it falling apart, it just kind of. . .disintegrates in your mouth. It's like it was never really there. Maybe it wasn't. Maybe it wasn't six times, between Dennis and myself. Who knows?
A couple of notes. These fall apart very, very easily. Also, the batter is weird. There is no other way to describe it. It's just weird. I ended up putting it in the fridge for like 45 minutes, and even then, it was falling apart on me, so I just had to make little piles of dough on my cookie sheet and kind of squish them down with the Fruity Pebbles.
They're very tasty, though, and so light (even though there is a TON of butter in them), you might find yourself eating
six several without really even noticing.
From justJENN recipesMakes 36-ish
2 cups (4 sticks) butter (I know. I know.)
1 cup sugar
A pinch of salt
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
Fruity Pebbles cereal (Just one of those containers seen above was enough for me)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream together the butter and the sugar with a handheld mixer or in an electric mixer.
Add vanilla and salt and mix until combined.
Add flour a little at a time until combined well.
I had to refrigerate the dough at this point for about 45 minutes and it still didn't really work right for me. Let it get to whatever stiffness you can work with, and that's fine.
Scoop dough into balls on a prepared cookie sheet. (I used parchment paper.)
Press Fruity Pebbles into the balls of dough. Flatten cookies out.
The original recipe says to bake for 12-14 minutes. I had to bake them for 19. Again, they're Magical Fairy Wizard Cookies, so it might only take you 6 minutes. What do I know? What do any of us know?
Carefully, carefully remove to wire racks and let cool. There's a good chance some of them will break. It's OK.
Enjoy! If things around you start levitating, it's cool. Just have another cookie. It'll all be over soon.