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T is for Testing

May 15th, 2011 at 11:30 am

I just typed the headline and chuckled to myself because if I were at work, someone would say, do you meant state tests or local assessments. But, no, I'm talking about testing recipes.

I like to read murder mysteries. One of my favorite authors is Joanne Fluke because I like her character, Hannah, but also because she has cookie recipes throughout.

I tested a cookie recipe today and I'm very pleased. It is for chocolate covered raisin cookies and they are pretty tasty. My husband liked cookies, but not raisins. I wanted to bake some cookies as a treat for my bosses for a meeting we have this week so I didn't feel guilty making these cookies and not leaving them for my hubby to enjoy. He's trying to cut back on the sweets a bit, so he's not tempted. I'm sharing it because I think you might like to try it:

Chocolate Covered Raisin Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
1 cup butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
1 small package (makes 4 half cups) butterscotch instant pudding mix not sugar free
cup white sugar (granulated)
cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cups all purpose flour
1 cups quick rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup chocolate covered raisins (I used Nestle Raisinets, an 11 ounce bag. There was cup left)
1 cup butterscotch chips (6 oz package)
This makes a very heavy, stiff dough. If you have a mixer, you might want to use it!
Mix the softened butter, dry pudding mix, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat until creamed. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Add the baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
Add the flour in half cup increments, mixing after each addition. Do the same with the oats.

By hand, add the chocolate covered raisins and butterscotch chips.
Drop the cookie dough by rounded Tablespoons onto cookie sheets. Works best if you have parchment paper on the cookie sheets.

Bake 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool two minutes on cookie sheets and then move to wire racks to cool.


The author in her acknowledgement page thanked one of her in-house story editors who tasted everyone one of the recipes. Now, isn't that a sacrifice?!?

2 Responses to “T is for Testing”

  1. marvholly Says:

    Several other authors write mysteries that include recipes
    Diane Mott Dvidson
    Susan Albert Wittig
    Claudine(?) Bishop
    Tamyr(?) Meyers (2 series food & antiques)
    and several more I cannot right now think of. I read them all and enjoy all but VERY seldom do the recipes as they usually need some $$ ingredient I never use/stock.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I really like Diane Mott Davidson as well. Her jailbreak potatoes were fabulous and used common ingredients. I'm with you on the recipes that call for stuff I don't have and don't want to pay big money for!

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