A Contrast in Styles
Family Circle magazine is doing its fourth "Election Cookie Cook-Off." Voting, on-line or via post card, runs through August 1, 2004. First Lady Laura Bush would seem to have an edge, appealing to chocoholics with her "Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies." Teresa Heinz Kerry, in keeping with her slightly offbeat reputation, offers "Pumpkin Spice Cookies."1 Try both, then vote.
|Laura Bush's Oatmeal-Chocolate
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at
Heat oven to 350°. With electric mixer, cream butter and both sugars. Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats; slowly beat until blended. Stir in walnuts, chocolate and cherries. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Makes about 8 dozen.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room
1. A Postscript
In a late July interview with Susan Stamberg on NPR's Morning Edition (taped July 25; broadcast July 27) the discussion turned to pumpkin spice cookies and Mrs. Heinz Kerry stated,
"It's not mine by the
way. No. Somebody in our office gave that recipe out...
And in fact I think somebody really made it on purpose to give a nasty
never made pumpkin cookies; I don't like pumpkin spice cookies."
July 28 the New York Times reported that Heinz Kerry had
submitted a recipe for "Yummy Wonders" but that the Family Circle kitchen found the recipe did not
work. Family Circle then contacted her office leading to
the above recipe.