25 December, 2009

"Aw . . . poop . . . "

"Candied Cookies"

Happy Christmas!

Greetings from the 'tartanscot kitchen' on a bright, beautiful Christmas morning. I've been up for hours getting some things ready for a holiday dinner I'm attending this afternoon. And I've made one of my favourite cookies.

My mother used to make these when my brother and I were kids - and we've always laughed at their appearance - because frankly, they look a little like 'poop,' but, good grief, they are the tastiest things on the earth. They bring back so many memories. From the 'milk and cookies' tradition when I was a kid - to 'hot tea and cookies' sitting with my mom, chatting about everything under the sun - in the years since I've moved away.

"Candied Cookies"

2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of milk
1 stick of butter
4 tablespoons of cocoa
2 1/2 cups of quick oats
3/4 cup of chopped walnuts and pecans
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1/2 cup of chunky peanut butter

combine sugar, milk, butter, cocoa in a medium saucepan and bring to a rolling boil-stirring occasionally. Let mixture boil of 90 seconds. Remove from heat.

Add in remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Spoon mixture onto wax paper. Let sit for 30 minutes until hard.


So yummy.

Also on their way to Christmas Dinner - Spiced Walnuts. Served in individual tartan cones.

And it wouldn't be a party without a pecan pie.

I hope everyone is having an amazing holiday.



Julio said...

Happy Holidays Scot!

Just stopping by all my favorite blogs to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Julio & Family

The Elegant Thrifter said...

Those used to be our favorites as well. I think my mom and my grandma called them drop cookies, but they do look like you-know-what!

Happy holidays! Stan

Gypsy Purple said...

Wishing you a very merry Christmas, with lots of blessings--Gypsy Purple--Chamara

La Petite Gallery said...

You had me with the pie.
My favorite.
Raised in Texas, we had a pecan tree and I remember picking them up after they fell so Mom could make the pie,,
Enjoy the Party.
Happy New Year..

Scott Fazzini said...

Oh, Scooter. You're such a swell host!

maison21 said...

the individual spiced walnut cones look amazing, and as for the cookies, well, i;'d have to try a batch to be completely convinced that their looks are deceiving- let me know if you need my address to send a taste test... ;-)

tartanscot said...


the 'poop' is available for transport. just let me know.


vignette design said...

Of course I love your tartan cones! Just discovered the best "tartan store" -- Wm Glenn & Sons on Sutter. Of course you no doubt know about it!
Love those drop cookies too. My mom used to make a similar cookie. Yep, they look like poop.
Hope you are enjoying the holidays. --Delores

Renae said...

Mmmm yummy....I love those things! Used to make them but haven't in years!
I know your day was great...I look forward to seeing what you bring in the new year!

Renee Finberg said...

you are the best!!!

i need that poop picture!!!
ha ha ha

happy new year!!!

Jonathan said...

The poop biscuits look great to me - I hope that doesn't indicate some deep-seated problem. Could you clarify how large a "stick of butter" is (and while you're at it, "a piece of string") for those of us in countries with different packaging conventions?
A Happy New Year!

tartanscot said...


The stick of butter is equal to 1/2 cup.


Kathy said...

haha, you even put the poop on a tartan napkin. I am assuming you are all ready for Hogmanay and first footing, we are, you may even hear my hubby clear across the Bay Area. Happy 2010. Kathy

Jonathan said...

Thanks TS! I'll be trying these soon. Happy Hogmanay!

Low Tide High Style said...

Love your blog! I had to laugh when I saw your "poop" cookies which we call "no bakes" because of a little "incident" I had while making them this past Christmas.

We were having 50 people over for a Christmas party and in my haste I dumped everything together in a bowl and then it dawned on me that I hadn't COOKED the butter, sugar, milk, cocoa...eek!

So my daughter suggested I throw an egg and some flour in and fake my way through the whole thing. In my desperation I did just that and then cleverly called them "chocolate peanut butter crinkle cookies!" to disguise my stupidity!

My best friend for the past 40 years said "wow what are these they taste like no bakes but something is different?!" Needless to say the jig was up and I had to confess my cooking faux pas!

Have a wonderful trip to NY and thanks for having a great blog!

Kat :)

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