Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gazebo Icebox Chocolate Toffee Cookies and a Turkey!

Gazebo Icebox Chocolate Toffee Cookies

A long, long time ago in the school cafeteria, lunches were served on plates. Glass plates with green bands around the edges if my memory serves me right. And though I don’t recall many great lunches being served it certainly was a whole lot more appetizing than food plopped on orange plastic divided trays. At least that was how the lunches were served when my kids were in school. I used to make A and Z’s lunch every day because they refused to eat cafeteria food. Can’t say I blamed them.
But one thing I do remember liking in my cafeteria days was dessert. Yes, I know. Who doesn’t like dessert? Now I didn’t like all the desserts. But I did like the cookies. They were icebox cookies. My mother tended to make chocolate chip cookies so icebox cookies were different and good. And as I got older I haven’t forgotten those cookies.

About 10 years ago, (don’t ask me how I remember this stuff) we stayed at a cute bed and breakfast in Salida, Colorado where they served confectioner’s sugar dipped chocolate icebox cookies. Now they weren’t what I had in elementary school but they made me remember and I haven’t forgotten them since. Luckily for me they gave out the recipe and I’ve been making them ever since. They are great to have for the holidays because you can keep a roll in your freezer. When you need fresh cookies it is just a matter of taking them out, letting them thaw until they are sliceable and then popping them into the oven. Presto! Fresh, warm cookies. You can bake them for the shorter time if you like them a bit soft but the longer time gives them a crisper bite.

Oh my goodness! Just couldn’t help but interrupt. George was going crazy barking. Well, look what was in my front yard. He/she has been around all summer but I hadn’t seen her for awhile. Doesn’t she know Thanksgiving is coming? Earlier in the season I thought he was a she but now I am beginning to think she may be turning into a he. She/he has really become quite majestic and is especially fun to see in my front yard. Took a few quick photos before she scampered away. Sorry, they weren't the best but turkeys move quicker than you think. These moments always take my breath away. I mean a turkey in the city? Oh, damn, I wish I lived in the country.

 So that was probably the highlight of my day. And that is alright with me. I think I’ll go have a cookie. To celebrate the glory of nature.

Gazebo Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Toffee

1 c butter
½ c sugar
½ c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ t vanilla
2 oz unsweetened chocolate melted
3 c flour
½ t baking soda
1 t salt
1 c crushed Heath bars or English toffee (Right now you can find crushed toffee bits in the baking section next to the chocolate chips)
Confectioners Sugar

Combine  softened butter and sugars in mixer until blended. Add eggs, vanilla and cooled melted chocolate. Add dry ingredients. (I always mix them together in a mixing cup so that the soda and salt are well distributed in the flour.) Stir in toffee bits. Press into 2 logs and wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Store in freezer. When ready to bake let the logs thaw until you can slice them. Cut into ¼” slices and put on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Coat with confectioners sugar while warm.

Enjoy and offer one to a turkey if you have a chance.

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  1. You made me feel how much I miss all of you, and the the to you and all the gang

  2. Meirav, You will always have a place to stay. I miss you a lot and hope everything calms down for you soon!

  3. Thanks. We are good so far. I too hope that things will calm down, but who knows what tomorrow will bring?


  4. Meirav, I love that song. The blues and I get along very well. Be safe.

  5. I remember those plates with a green band! Nice recipe - anything that you can stash in the freezer until you're ready to bake gets my vote. And cool turkey! My sister has a turkey or two in her neighborhood, and she lives in urban St. Louis! But her house is very close to Forest Park - a huge park in St. Louis that's bigger than Central Park in NYC - so that probably explains an awful lot. Good stuff - thanks.