Friday, April 29, 2022

Cookies in 10 Minutes Flat!

"C is for cookie, that's good enough for me." - Cookie Monster

Fresh Cookies
Freshly made cookies, ready to be devoured!

You deserve some cookies... strike that... we all deserve some cookies!!!  Perhaps it's a Friday night, you just got home after a tough week of work.  Or maybe you just finished a strenuous workout.  Or maybe you just got back from an extreme mountain climbing trip.  Or perhaps you have no reason at all, you just really want some delicious cookies.  You don't need a reason but you do need a way of making cookies... FAST!

Good thing I'm going to teach you how to make cookies in only 10 minutes, right now, right here and you don't even need your oven (just a stove-top).  I can hear your stomach rumbling so I'll stop rambling now...

What You Need:
-1 Stick of Butter
-1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
-1/4 Cup of Sugar
-1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
-1/2 Cup of Powdered Cacao
-1 3/4 Cup of Oats
-2 Heaping Spoons of Honey
-6" x 6" baking pan

-Dash of Vanilla Extract (optional)
-Dash of Cinnamon (optional)
-Dash of Ground Anise (optional)
-Dash of Ground Fennel Seed (optional)
-Dash of Ground Fenugreek Seed (optional)
-Dash or Two (or three) of Powdered Ginger (optional)

What You Do:
1. Grease up your baking pan with a non-stick spray OR rub your stick of butter all over it (or the wrapper of the butter).
2. Put a pot on the stove-top on medium-high heat.
3. Add butter, olive oil, sugar, brown sugar and cacao to the pot.
4. Heat to a light boil (don't freak out, we're basically making a cement for the cookies).
5. Stir continuously for a few minutes while ingredients are on a light boil.
6. Add vanilla extract, cinnamon, ground anise, ground fennel, ground fenugreek, and powdered ginger and stir for a few seconds.
7. Add in the oats.
8. Stir VIGOUROUSLY (I mean it) while all the ingredients keep boiling.
9. After a few minutes of that, take the pot off heat.
10. Add honey.
11. Stir vigorously for 10 seconds or so to mix the honey in.
12. Pour the concoction into your pre-greased pan.

BOOM your cookies are now done!  They do need to rest for at least 15 minutes before you can cut them up and dive into them.  30 minutes seems to be the sweet spot for this.  This is basically food concrete.  You add the ingredients, mix it, then it needs to set before enjoying.  The longer it sits the more it sets!

The optional ingredients are truly optional, I like to add them to give the cookies a bit of extra flare and they really do the trick.

It may seem like a lot of steps, but it goes really fast and they can easily be made in 10 minutes.  If you have made them before and you have your ingredients out, you could probably cut this down to 5 minutes.

These are traditionally referred to as no-bake cookies.  A lot of people like to add peanut butter to them, which is actually how I grew up enjoying this style of cookie.  If that's your thing then go for it.

Isn't it some amazing efficiency that we're utilizing the breakfast ingredients that we already have on hand to make cookies?!?!  I can hear the ultra-efficient pilot readers applauding this already!

What are you doing making cookies?  Aren't you supposed to be this ultra healthy person or something?

I knew that was going to get brought up!  Everything in moderation and my general philosophy is if I bake it then I'm going to eat it.  This philosophy can backfire though if you enjoy baking since then you may find yourself baking and eating sweets all the time.  Moderation is key.  You'll also notice that this recipe has a whole lot less sugar than normal baking recipes... that is very deliberate.  Sometimes I'll replace all sugar in baking with honey but this recipe in particular really needs the sugar to congeal properly.  It is a whole of a hell lot less sugar than baked products you'll find in the grocery store, so I see that as a healthy win plus this avoids a trip to the store.  Furthermore I have plans to morph this recipe into more of a snack for outdoor adventuring.

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