Monday, April 19, 2010

Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good!...and Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

When we left Montgomery, we not only left our family, job, home, and church, but we left a wonderful group of friends.  They were the ones that we laughed and cried with, the ones we looked forward to seeing every Monday night, the ones we thought of when we wanted to have a movie night or Christmas party.  I knew when we left that we would make new friends and would love them dearly, too; and we have.  But there will always be experiences and memories that will be specific to each friend or group of friends. 

Those memories have the ability to make me smile even now, and I'm sure even years from now.  I would always laugh when the husbands in our group would start quoting T.V. lines!  Some of their favorites were The Office, Saved by the Bell, and Friends.  There are episodes that I am sure that I have never seen, but even I can quote the lines because of these guys.  One of their favorites (and mine) is a line from Friends.  I'll spare the details of the episode (you can watch the scene here), but it concerns Joey enjoying a trifle which contains custard, jam, and meat.  I often think of my friends when I cook something with an unexpected ingredient (I also check to see if the pages of my cookbook are stuck together, too!). 

These Oatmeal cookies don't contain meat, but they do have the surprising crunch of pecans, crisp of Rice Krispies, and salty sweetness of toffee.  The cookies are quite small, and the recipe makes enough to share with all of your friends (about 7 dozen!).  They're bite sized, perfectly chewy, and have a great contrast of sweet and a touch of salt.  What's not to like?

Oatmeal Toffee Cookies
from my Mom

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup rice krispies
1 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups toffee bits (heath or skor)
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 325. 

In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.  In a large bowl, cream the sugars and butter with a mixer.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time.  Add the vanilla and mix well.  Gradually add the sifted flour mixture.  Using a wooden spoon, stir in the oats, rice krispies, coconut, toffee, and pecans.  The batter will be crumbly. 

Using a small cookie scoop, measure out about two teaspoons of batter and place about 1 1/2 inches apart on a nonstick baking sheet.  Flatten each portion slightly with your fingers.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, and then remove to a cooling rack. 

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DessertForTwo said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing! These look divine!

Mhel said...

I love oatmeal cookies! This will be perfect! Thanks for sharing! Dropping by from SITS!!

Andrea said...

Oatmeal cookies are awesome. Yours look fantastic! I love all the flavorful things you've put in these they sound so so SO good!

grace said...

you've just listed three of my favorite shows. is seinfeld another winner for you?
GREAT cookies--the rice krispies are an unexpected and terrific addition.

Carrie said...

those look wonderful, I love toffee flavor.

LJM said...

we MISS you both terribly...lots of love!

Maureen said...

Oh that looks so delicious!
Happy SITS Wednesday :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS! It sounds like you had a wonderful community. I hope you can recreate that in your new home! I bet a few of these cookies would do the trick!

Julie M. said...

I found you on SITS. I saw your comment about toffee and cookies and couldn't stay away! I totally understand about missing your old friends. We moved about a year and a half ago and while I love our new city, I sooo miss the great friends we had. Thanks for a great post. I'm glad I found your blog!

malia said...

i might make these today... thanks for sharing!

Small Burst said...

Do these look yummy! I will have to make these. I just LOVE oatmeal cookies so anything with a twist rocks!

Nessa said...

Stopping by from SITS.

First of all, that episode from Friends is one of my all time favorites. I think it's because when we were first married, that trifle incident is something I could easily see happening to me, lol.

Thanks for the great cookie recipe! I will be trying it soon!

J. L. W. said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I love oatmeal cookies.

AmericanTribal said...

Oh my goodness, these cookies sound DELICIOUS! I love salty sweet treats.

Thank you for visiting me on my SITS Day :).

Holly said...

It is so hard to leave a great community and circle of friends (I had to do that 5 years ago). What a sweet way to remember friends...these cookie...YUMMY!

Thanks for stopping by on my SITS Day! I am a new follower here! Yummy stuff

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Julie said...

They look super! Visiting from SITS :)

Me, Myself and Pie said...

These sound so tasty, especially with the rice krispies. Hey, they're great in crunch bars and rice krispy treats, so why not cookies?! Love it!

The Sugar Queen said...

Wow, there are all sorts of goodies in these cookies! I will have to give your recipe a try!

Katie said...

I'm sure your cookies are amazing, but I am here to comment on your post title because I love Friends and it made me laugh out loud!