Cookie Monster Haiku
“C” is for cookie
Chocolate and chili too
Monster with Heartburn
The Wednesday morning treat ritual is the stuff of legends. With two treats arriving early on these designated mornings, there is assurance that my blood glucose levels will be spiked before I have even finished draining my pot of coffee. Call it a character flaw, but I was not able to resist making this morning’s treat a vehicle for earthy chili flavor. My pattern of aberrant behavior is beginning to arouse suspicion in some of my coworkers. Today’s treat brought a “hey tastes like you spiced up the cookies again” and “it is interesting that you brought chili to the last FOUR potlucks. “
It is difficult to imagine that they aren’t close to ascertaining the truth. As my giant chili experiment has never been fodder for workplace discourse, they (at least for now) remain ignorant of the truth. On the subject, it’s Batman’s 75th anniversary. This, naturally, prompts me to reflect on the number of ways in which the Caped Crusader and I are similar. That number, of course, is ONE. We both have a secret identity.
2 ¼ C flour
1 t baking soda
¾ C brown sugar
¼ C sugar
1 C butter
1 package instant dry chocolate pudding
1 T chili powder
½ t Chinese 5 spice powder
½ t cumin
12 oz mini chocolate chips
- In a bowl, stir together flour and baking soda
- In another bowl, beat together sugars, eggs, butter, dry pudding, chili powder, 5 spice powder, and cumin.
- Slow stir in the flour/soda mix.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375F for about 15 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool on the pan.
- Serve to (now suspicious) coworkers.
The secret is out- these cookies were a huge success with both the ITP and the peeps at work. They had plenty of chocolate for the sweet-of-tooth while maintaining an appreciable smoky/chili undercurrent for the more refined-of-palate. It is fair to say that the Black Knight would be likely be pleased with this colossal chili chocolate confection.
Chili wins the day.
(And atones for the boring barley bust)