Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mini-Slabs of Happiness and Joy

You know a dessert is going to be good when it weighs about 500 pounds coming out of the oven. I made one recently, took it to the office and was called "Beloved Colleague" throughout the day. Plans were being made to erect a statue of me, but when the snacks ran out, so did the enthusiasm for the project. By the end of the day "Beloved Colleague" had been replaced by the more familiar "Loud Blond Lady."

Since I recently purchased a ridiculous amount of dried apricots, I now firmly believe that apricots must be added to every dish possible. The dessert I made for the office gang started with your basic oatmeal cookie recipe:

1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour
3 cups Quaker Oats
1 cup chocolate chips

So far so good, right?

Now to Betty-ize the recipe start grabbing assorted ingredients and throwing them in. I added:

a GOB of chopped dried apricots (I buy the squishy, gooey kind and cut them with scissors.)
a bunch of chopped walnuts
a good-size clump of dried cherries
a lot o' shredded coconut
three or four drops of almond extract.

As you can see, I just grabbed handfuls of the add-ins and put them in. (You want exact measurements? Go to Martha's website. You're with Betty now and this is how she rides. You're still here, aren't you? Yeah, That's what I thought. You really do want to live on the wild side.)

Now you could drop these as cookies, but I believe this is best baked as one big slab and then cut into mini-slabs.

Just press it into a 13 X 9 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Hope you do a frisky little dance in your kitchen as you make your Mini-Slabs of Happiness and Joy!


Anonymous said...

They look awesome (well, except for the coconut)!

Pat Tillett said...

With all the dried fruit, it's almmost health food...

Ally said...

Oh my that looks like heaven. Let me know if you feel like sending a batch to Jersey :)

Ann said...

I like Pat's line of thinking, Fruit = health food so a plateful of these would be very very good for me :)

Barb said...

OMG- those look amazing.


Sara said...

Methinks that minislabs would make a fabulous breakfast...Yummmm.. wanting one now!

citymouse said...

I love "Betty-ize"... that's a hoot. I also love this recipe. I am fasting since yesterday for a colonoscopy and boy just reading the recipe has made my mouth water. I'll definitely be trying these over the weekend.

Sue Sutton said...

All I can say is YUM!! Thanks for sharing

Joann Mannix said...

Oh my! All my favorite things! I love chewy. I definitely love chocolate and then add some dried fruit and my gosh! I am so making these this weekend.

My Mind's Eye said...

Hi Bossy Betty and thanks for visiting us today....what a tantalizing tasty looking plate of we're hungry,
Madi and Mom

Crystal Cook said...

Hey 'Loud blonde lady' that treat looks fantastic! I love all those things. And I have an award for you at my blog :)

Anya said...

It looks al so yummieeeeeeee....


Gigi Thibodeau said...

I could really use one of these right this minute! Great recipe, Betty!