Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Operation Baking GALS Update & Cookie Recipe

The response to Operation Baking GALS has just been incredible! Already we have 12 members on our team, and I hope to add 10 more to the roster. I forgot to mention that our soldier, Daryl's, birthday is August 26th....what a great birthday surprise!

Here is a recipe for one of the types of cookies that I'm going to be baking. You might recognize them as Pecan Sandies, but in my family they've always been known as Overnight Cookies. They are pretty sturdy and don't get stale as long as they're sealed tightly, so they should make the long trip just fine.

If you can't be a baker, but have a favorite cookie recipe that I or other members of our team can use, we sure would appreciate it if you would share it with us. I'm going to post our team members after this recipe just in case you'd like to see who they are and where they're from. Many have their own baking blogs where you can find terrific recipes that you might want to use.

Overnight Cookies

3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt
1 c. shortening
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 T. vanilla
1 c. pecans, coarsely chopped

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Cream remaining ingredients and combine with dry ingredients. Stir in one cup coarsely chopped pecans. Roll in waxed paper to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Chill overnight. Slice 1/4-inch thick and bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10 – 15 minutes at 375 ° till slightly golden on the edges.

Here's our team so far!
Heather Peskin of Brooklyn, NY & Sherry Trifle
Carmella Lanni-Giardina of the Bronx, NY & The Food Duo
Amy Gurnsey from Detroit, MI & Wake Me When It's Over
Tanya Schroeder of Hoffman Estates, IL & Take the Cannoli
Beth Morey of Missoula, MT & Muffin Love Chick
Kim Onstott of Estrella Mountain Ranch, AZ & Your Place Gourmet
Kelsey Morris of NY, NY & Kelsey Kakes
Linda Harper of Los Angeles, CA & Tender Crumb
Brent Evans of Charlotte, NC & Personal Chefs Network
Gwen Byrd of Lancaster, SC
Dolores Ferrero of San Ramon, CA & Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity
Marianne Qoyawayma of Scottsdale, AZ
Penny Harper of Tualatin, OR
Pamela of Cookies With Boys
Katy Swanson of Overland Park, KS
Lorna Cohen of Northbrook, IL
Marilyn Nowalk of Washington, DC

Bon App├ętit!
Chef Debbie

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