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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Flying for Michelle Obama or Cindy McCain's cookies

A dear sister girlfriend sent me Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama's cookie recipes. Apparently Family Circle asked the spouses of the presidential candidates to share their favorite cookie recipe, then had readers weigh in on their favorite. The husbands of the past six winners of the cookie ballots have been elected president. You can vote for your favorite at: The winning recipe will be announced in the November 1 issue of Family Circle.

Cookies, huh? That has been the predictor of past presidents. Interesting. Well. I will keep my comments to myself and just have fun with it. Or not. Okay, I will not make either of the cookies. I have listed the recipes in no particular order just in case some of you want to try the cookies. I wonder if Senator Clinton had been one of the candidates, would they ask Bill for his cookie recipe. Or would they have asked her?

I wonder why cookies. Maybe souffles, cakes, pies, or main courses are not good indicators. Or maybe it is common knowledge that every woman has a good cookie recipe. Don't you? I do not even remember the last time I made cookies from scratch. More importantly. isn't it wonderful that the November issue of Family Circle will tell us who will win the election? Okay, that will be true only if history repeats itself for the seventh time. Are you holding your breath? I'm not.

In spite of my thoughts about this contest, I am not above sampling Michelle Obama's cookies if someone want to offer me one. Yes, I plan to vote for Obama, but that is not the reason. I hate cinnamon and Cindy McCain's cookies are made with it.

Cindy McCain’s Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies

Originally reserved only for special occasions, these butterscotch-chip-studded cookies are now "a must" whenever family gets together, according to Cindy. She attributes the recipe to a good friend.

3/4 cup (11/2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 2/3 cups butterscotch chips
Heat oven to 375°.

In a large bowl beat the butter or margarine, granulated sugar and brown sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating well.
In a medium-size bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; stir until blended. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto un-greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375° for 10 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Yields: 5 1/2 dozen cookies

Michelle Obama’s Shortbread Cookies

The recipe comes courtesy of Mama Kaye, the godmother of both Obama daughters. Orange and lemon zest gives the squares plenty of citrus zing.

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons Amaretto (almond liqueur)
1 teaspoon each orange and lemon zest
3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg white
Chopped nuts or dried fruit (optional)
Heat oven to 325°.

Line a 17 x 12 x 1-inch baking pan with nonstick foil. In large bowl, cream together butter and 11/2 cups of the sugar.
Slowly add egg yolks, and beat well until smooth. Beat in Amaretto and zest.
Stir in flour and salt until combined.
Spread dough evenly into prepared pan, flattening as smoothly as possible.
Brush top of dough with egg white; sprinkle with nuts or fruit (if using) and with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until brown, turn off oven and allow cookies to sit in oven (with door ajar) for 15 minutes. Cut while slightly warm.
Yields: 6 dozen 2" x 3" cookies


Pam said...

Another candidate, please....I only vote for chocolate cookies!

Morrow said...

Thanks to Cookie for forwarding this blog...what a great post, so much there between the lines. I rarely can stomach TV news networks but happened to catch a little CNN this weekend on vacation and saw an "inside look" feature about the candidates' wives...sensationalized as ever, but what's funny to me is how their qualities as support systems to their men is always touted as their essentially sole asset, rather than any personal achievements the women have had on their own. This less than feminist bent was only underlined by Cindy McCain simpering that the reason John McCain dumped his wife for her was because "he saw in me a good wife and mother." Really, since at the time he already had a kind wife who was mother to his children, whom he abandoned to his mid-life crisis? The truth further obscured, stereotypes abound, frustration continued.

doretha said...

I agree, chocolate cookies would have been better. I just thought the contest was silly. What would happen if one of the women did not have a cookie recipe? What would that say about her? Maybe that she was too busy to bake cookies? Or would people frown saying that she is placing her personal needs before those of her children? I agree with Morrow, these women are probably great in their own rights, yet that is not where the focus lies. That is not what the media covers. Much scrutiny was made about their hair,make-up, and clothes. Is that what is really important? No wonder our young women and girls have self-esteem issues!

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Anonymous said...

last few days our class held a similar discussion on this topic and you show something we have not covered yet, thanks.

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