One of my good friends from college is in the Marine Corps and stationed in Iraq with his unit. I’ve been sending him letters pretty regularly and now I decied to send him a care package of cookies and books. It raised an interesting question – what would survive the trip to Iraq? It takes a letter about a month to reach him so I figure a package will take as long if not longer. Hmmmm….I had originally wanted to send him chocolate chip cookies since they’re basically the American Cookie, but I was afraid that they’d be stale before they got there and that the chocolate chips would melt in the crazy heat. So I opted for chocolate biscotti. I also baked some peanut butter cookies and some vanilla bean sugar cookies.
The chocolate biscotti were CHOCOLATEY…there’s no other way to describe it. My mother adored them. The peanut butter cookies were flourless and basically eating a jar of sugar enriched peanut butter. My dad throughly approved of them, saddly I wouldn’t let him eat many. The vanilla bean sugar cookies were wonderfully delicate. I think I might add more vanilla next time just because I like the taste of vanilla.
Here are the recipes (minus the chocolate biscotti recipe, click the link…you won’t be sorry):
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
(from Joy the Baker)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside. In a mixer combine peanut butter and sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes. Roll into walnut sized balls and create a cris-cross pattern with a fork. If you’d like, add a few chocolate pieces to the top of the cookies. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on a baking sheet for two minutes.
Vanilla Sugar Bean Cookies
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 cups flour
Makes about 30 cookies.