My daughter called a few nights ago looking for a Caramel Rice Krispy Treat recipe that I used to make when she was a little girl. Luckily I had typed it up years ago and it was in my cookie notebook. After we hung up I continued to look through the notebook and found some favorite cookie recipes that I have not made for a long time and quite a few recipes that I have never made.
You know, those recipes that sounded really good and I was keeping them safely stored to try for ‘later this week or early next week’ or some time in the next twenty years.
One of the recipes that I found in my stash was a newspaper clipping of Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies. Cowboy Cookies have been around for a long time, but this particular recipe was made famous by Laura Bush in the 2000 Family Circle Cookie Cook-off contest between her and Tipper Gore.
I am leaving politics out of this post (sensitive subject), but I’m thinking that Mrs. Bush probably had her finger on the pulse of Family Circle readers with this recipe (she won the contest). It is a loaded cookie and the extras such as pecans, chocolate chips, and coconut are interchangeable with ingredients such as other types of nuts, butterscotch chips, raisins, dried cranberries, shredded carrots, etc. The only substitution that I made was that I needed to use carob chips instead of chocolate chips due to an unfortunate and very inconvenient allergy to cocoa, which is, of course, an ingredient in chocolate. Such a strange allergy; it is really annoying, especially since it only developed a couple of years ago.