Hello, Mrs. Boss Man, this Mr. Cattle Buyer. How are you today.
Well, Mr. Cattle Buyer, I am ‘up to my hands’ in cow pie.
Oh, well…that happens some time.
No, No…not that cow pie…Cow Pie Cookies…for the cattle drive through town tomorrow….
Let me tell you how glad I am that the aroma of triple chocolate ooey-gooey Cow Pie Cookies was wafting through the rooms of my farm-house and not the aroma of Cowboy Lotion.
Now how did I obtain a recipe with such a name? Does every farm/Ranch wife receive recipes of this sort at her bridal shower?
My fate was sealed with an email I received in late winter….”Kansas is celebrating 150 years of statehood….with a longhorn cattle drive through our tiny town”….
I was interested in attending the informational meetings…but I was already engaged in a cattle drive of my own…This Momma Cow was trying to prove herself capable of delivering with-out a C-section….I succeded in driving out my heifer and quickly realized my herd needed more attention than the impending cattle drive….
seven months later….
Brrring…..Hello dear friend…may I trouble you to bake cookies for the cattle drive…we are having a bake sale raising funds for next months mission trip to Trinidad….we are improving a small church and preschool….we need Cow Pies.
Of course I said yes…how could I say no to my dear Sister in Christ….who runs an organization called Live Like Jesus Today….it was a true privilege to carry dozens of cow pies from my farm to town…..If you knew her you would like her, too. I would scoop real cow pies all day to help this faithful woman…glad she only asked me to bake.
Was that how I received a recipe for something that translates Bovine Feces? Not exactly…
It took a satellite dish and Google for the chocolate lovers delight to be brought to fruition in my kitchen..
Google and a blog about Ugly Foods…
which lead me to the L.A. Times
Yes, in Los Angeles…the city full of beauty…. I found my recipe for Cow Pie Cookies
where they call them Ooey Gooey Double Chocolate Cookies.
I did cook my cow pie cookies to be a little more than gooey as they had to survive the Baja training course, a.k.a. drive into town
These are the first cookie I ever ate and craved a glass of milk…Next time I will use milk chocolate in the recipe.
The real question is who to make cow pie cookies for…my bible study ladies? My sunday school class? The Bunco group? My sisters? Because they are too rich to keep in this house….I wonder if our cowboys eat cow pies?
Cow Pie Cookies
Servings: one dozen
Note: Adapted from L.A. Times Adaption from Bret Thompson of Milk in Los Angeles.
1/4 pound (4 ounces)
4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound bittersweet chocolate (chunks or
chips) (I am using Ghiradeli milk chocolate next time)
1. In a bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt the
unsweetened chocolate and butter. Remove from the heat and cool
2. In the bowl of a mixer with a paddle attachment, or
in a large bowl using a fork, combine the eggs, vanilla and sugar. Mix just
until incorporated and set aside.
3. Sift together the flour,
cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl. Set
4. Add the melted chocolate to the egg mixture and mix
just until combined. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients and mix just until
combined, then stir in the bittersweet chocolate.
5. Cover the batter
with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to chill thoroughly.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
6. Grease Hands and 1/3 cup dry measure–scoop out dough–shape into ball… Place the balls on a greased, parchment-lined sheetpan, leaving 2 to 3 inches between each. (and if you run out of parchment paper wax paper will prevent the cookies from sticking…just be prepared for the wax to melt off the paper…the oven to start smoking and the house to no longer smell of yummy choocolate cookies.)
7. Bake until the
edges of the cookies are just set and the center is still soft, 10 to 12
minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Let the cookies cool for a minute or so then place the cookies, still on the
parchment, on a rack and cool completely before serving. They will be very soft.