Continuing on in my quest to bake everything in All Cakes Considered, I have now reached the section on non-cakes. I can’t remember the name of the chapter, but basically Melissa Gray inserted a section in the middle that includes various non-cake recipes, since by this point the baker is probably tired of cake. She’s pretty much right! I have baked all but 2 of the cakes so far – I skipped the Faux Fruitcake and Martha Washington’s Great Cake, both of which I’ll come back to around Christmas.
The first recipe in this section is these Cowboy Cookies. Basically an oatmeal cookie base, but you add 1 1/2 cups of whatever you want – chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, etc. I chose to use white chocolate chips and semisweet chocolate chips (both Ghirardelli, my brand of choice). The recipe calls for shortening instead of butter, which keeps them chewy instead of crispy. They’re quite good, if a bit on the sweet side. If I make these again, I’ll add something a little salty to balance it out. I think butterscotch chips or toffee would be good. Maybe crushed pretzels. Lots of possibilities.