Did you ever have a serious yearning for cookies and need to make them NOW?
That was me today around four o’clock.
I wanted cookies and nothing else would do. I was sure I had the ingredients for a basic sugar cookie dough so I got started. I found some nuts and chopped them up finely; dug butter out from behind all the Thanksgiving leftovers and also chopped some maraschino cherries (no idea why, it just seemed like a good idea). I opened the freezer and saw the blueberries I’d bought on sale and froze so I grabbed a few of those as well.
I creamed together butter and sugar; added the eggs and vanilla and went to get the flour. There was NO FLOUR!
This never happens. I ALWAYS have flour. So I freaked out a little and started hunting. Nope, no flour. This was seriously a kitchen disaster. I couldn’t run out to the store because I just paid some bills and had no money left. Not even for flour. And, I had those eggs and butter mixed up already in a bowl on the counter. *Note to self: Next time make sure you have ALL the ingredients!
I should know better. I’ve preached mis en place to my kids and grandkids for years. I was never going to live this one down. Frantically, I gave the kitchen one more pass through. I found not flour, but Maseca. Um, could I make cookies out of corn flour? My tastebuds rebelled. I found pancake mix. Hmmmmm.
There’s flour in pancake mix. That’s it. I used pancake mix substituting the two and a half cups of flour for two cups of pancake mix. I hesitated for a moment wondering if I should omit the baking powder, then at the last minute added it. It looked like cookie dough. It tasted like cookie dough, so feeling brave; I added the chopped nuts and cherries.
I didn’t chill it. I figured rolling out sugar cookies with this batch could go badly. So I made them drop cookies and carefully dropped them into the pan, topping each in the center with a blueberry. I popped them into the oven and crossed my fingers.
Soon, the kitchen smelled heavenly and like cookies but I still had my doubts. Taste would tell. The cookies stuck a little to the pan and folded over almost like a tuille cookie. Hmm. I picked up one of the broken pieces and popped it into my mouth. YUM! The cookie tasted like a combination of a Mexican wedding cookie and shortbread. I adore both so these cookies were absolutely delicious. I shaped one quickly while it was still warm and sure enough, it cooled in the shape. They’d work as tuilles. Cool! The cherries and blueberries as an accent gave them a light, fruity pop.
All that is left of my experiment is crumbs. I will be making these again WITH the pancake mix and trying them out as tuilles.
Sometimes, a kitchen disaster can turn into something absolutely delish.
Basic Sugar Cookie Dough
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour (substitute 2 cups of pancake mix)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt