Several years ago I was standing in a long line at Anthropologie. The line was so long I had an opportunity to size up all the other people in line and people watch. There was this girl who kept buzzing around. She continued to stare at the girl in front of me and mill about. The girl in front of me did not notice but, I did and I thought it was weird. Finally this girl buzzing around approaches the girl and asks are you the author of some blog. The girl said yes and there were shrieks, jumps, arms flailing and more shrieks. The fan said I read your blog every day and I knew you were out in California and I can't believe I am meeting you. I did not really know about blogs at this time so, I figured this girl was straight up nuts.
Now I know a little about blogs and a little about the blog community. I am really having fun participating in the the secret recipe club.
Late Saturday evening I was called off the bench to help out the secret recipe club. A member of the group had health issues and they needed someone to fill in. I was on the fence not because I don't love the group but, because my husband was out for the night and the next day we had family plans. I was not sure when I would be able to make something, photograph it and write up a blog post but, then I saw what blog it was ... a fat girl trapped in a skinny body!!! I love this blog. I follow this blog. I already had half a dozen of her posts pinned to boards on pintrest. I could not pass this up. The author is Julia. I have a lot in common with Julia. She is a mother. I am a mother. She is a wife. I am a wife. She is a runner. I am a runner. She loves food. I love food. She believes in eating really well and then having small indulgences. That is totally my philosophy as well. OK now for the super weird part. She lives in Costa Mesa. I live in Costa Mesa. She actually has a post based on a local restaurant Banzai Bowls. I literally live a few blocks from that breakfast spot. This match up made me realize how small the blog world is.
I am kinda obsessed with Julia. I kinda fell like if I see her in line at Trader Joe's or Banzai Bowls I may act like that freaky girl in Anthropologie. She is somewhat of a local celebrity in my mind. Julia I promise I will try to act cool if I do run into you on the streets.
Of the 6 recipes I already had pinned I only had the ingredients on hand to make one. I am not at all disappointed. These cookies are amazing. They are chewy with a crisp edge. The sweet is balanced so well with the salty crunch of the pretzels and chips. Julia used pretzels and chips but, I tried to base my add ins on the flavors of a take 5 bar. Based on the success of these cookies I am so eager to try the others I have marked including those banzai bowls!
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp corn syrup
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup snack food (pretzels, potato chips and oats)
1 cup sweets (mini peanut butter cups, mini caramel bites)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
With a stand mixer, or hand mixer, beat the butter and sugars together for about 2 minutes. Add in the corn syrup, then egg, then vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add dry mix to the butter mix. Mix in the add-ins of your choice.
Bake for 12 minutes, until the edges are slightly browning.