I’m not a political person at all. I make sure I vote but as soon as anyone brings up politics I mentally check out and have a tea party in my mind with puppies and unicorns. I prefer to discuss other things.
Every presidential election for the last 20 years in addition to going to the polling both Americans vote for their favorite cookie recipe from each candidate’s spouse. The competition is run by Family Circle magazine and has predicted every outcome correctly except once.
The premise of the candidate’s wife having to bake cookies is a little outdated but it’s all in good fun and the contest has continued because middle America loves cookies.
I had intentions of making both Ann Romney and Michelle Obama’s cookies but I ran out of ingredients so I mixed and matched and used Michelle’s recipe as a base to make one combined Presidential Cookie.
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
1 stick Crisco (I used butter)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup red, white & blue sprinkles
1 cup red and blue M&M's (I used peanut)
- Heat oven to 375 F/190 C. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer cream together the butter, Crisco, sugars and vanilla.
- Add the eggs one at time beating after each addition. On low speed add in the flour mixture. Stir in the chips, sprinkles and M&M's by hand.
- Drop 1 tablespoon of dough on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.
adapted from Family Circle Magazine