THE Cookie of All Cookies!
Sep 12, 2016 // By:Robin // 1 comment
And I do mean THE cookie. The big one. The queen mother of all cookies. “The Nora Ephron” peanut butter cookie. Oh, it still brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.
I had a request to make some cookies for one of Keith’s co-workers. As he described how this gentleman had gone above-and-beyond, I knew that I simply could not settle for a basic cookie recipe. (Not that there is anything wrong with that, mind you.) I started going through the cookbooks I had on hand. One after a another, marking pages for potential cookies. Then I remembered a recent Seattle trip and the deliciousness that awaited us at the Tom Douglas restaurants. I’ve personally tried four of them, and I only wish that I lived closer. I would eat there e-v-e-r-y night… and day… and lunch… and snack… and… well, you get the picture, and I digress. I pulled out the Dahlia Cafe Cookbook.
In it, I found two recipes: All-American Chocolate Chunk Cookies – and – “The Nora Ephron” peanut butter sandwich, aka THE cookie.
These cookies were so good that I had to immediately make a second batch. Keith and I practically devoured the entirety of the first batch. I also made a tray of a slightly burnt (sorry, Tom) cookies for a colleague of mine. I was later told, “I don’t know whether I like you or hate you right now. Those cookies were so good I ate them all in one sitting.” Or something to that effect. But she was right. This is the perfect culmination of a peanut butter version of Little Debbie oatmeal cookie who fell in love and procreated with a Nutter Butter! I’m drooling just thinking about it.
So here is the link to the recipe: Tom Douglas’ Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies, aka “The Nora Ephron”. The story doesn’t end there. Why would it, right?
Friends and family know that I love to collect autographs. It’s that brief encounter with greatness. The chance to share one’s appreciation for the talent freely given to us all. I can count only a few times when I have been called to write a thank you note to an artist, and this was number three. I looked up the web address and wrote a note to Tom (we are, indeed, on a first name basis now) to thank him and his staff for sharing their talents and delicious goodies. I told him how this one recipe was certainly something special and brightened quite a few Texas days. I did this halfway thinking that my note would end up in a pile of junk mail. I never dreamed that Tom would actually read it, much less respond!
Longer story made somewhat shorter, I now have this treasure of an autograph!
I cannot wait to make another trip to Seattle. You bet I will visit Tom’s restaurants and hopefully get to thank him personally.
So, Tom, make a note: Robin will soon be bringing you a little Texas bourbon.
Until next time…
January 01, 2017