Laity Lodge Cookies 4I’m spending the first snowfall trying not to eat the entire plate of Laity Lodge Christmas Cookies I made last night. When we had The High Calling team retreat at Laity Lodge this fall, I couldn’t get enough of those cookies. Once I returned to the hectic chaos of the real world, the cookies faded from my memory before they faded from my hips.

Deidra reminded me of those cookies yesterday. She was looking for something different to take to a cookie exchange and was chocolate-chipped to death. (Imagine!) The recipe arrived in our inboxes yesterday afternoon, just in time for some snow day baking.

I fretted a bit about whether or not I’d be able to achieve the kind of perfection I’d enjoyed this fall. Deidra encouraged me,

“Girlfriend. Calm down. You don’t even need a snow day. Just 15 minutes. You can do this. You are a strong, smart, brave woman. I have faith in you. Now. Go make those cookie bar thingies.”

I love Deidra.

I marched less than confidently toward the kitchen. You may remember, cooking isn’t my thing.

Was my pan too big? too small? Was I supposed to use a mixer for the butter and sugar, then heat it on the stove? My butter was half frozen so I had to heat it longer. Would that change the molecular structure, rendering the buttery goodness somehow putrid? They didn’t look ready at 8 minutes. But if I cooked them longer, would they spontaneously combust?

How does one know, instinctively, when something is cooked to perfection? I think I’m missing that gene…I cooked them for about 10 minutes, plus a minute or two on broil so they browned a bit. When I took the pan out of the oven, there was quicksand like substance bubbling beneath the almonds. Maybe the crackers would be forever stuck in the mire.

Was I a failure?

We let them cool long enough so we wouldn’t end up with third degree burns on the roofs of our mouths. I’ve heard consuming molten sugar can be dangerous. They tasted great, all warm and chewy.

Still, I second guessed myself. I didn’t remember them being chewy. How long would they have to cool before they turned crisp? 5 minutes? 10? 15?

I needed more info, but I was already committed with, and with no 1-800 number.

I’m happy to report that the cookies are delicious.

The fine folks at Laity Lodge have graciously allowed me to share the recipe with you. Maybe some day you can enjoy them for yourself in one of the most magnificent places on earth – Laity Lodge. For now, here’s the recipe:

Laity Lodge Graham Cracker Cookies

As given by Marcus Goodyear, renamed “Laity Lodge Christmas Cookies” by Ann Kroeker

Line cookie sheet with foil and place graham crackers on sheet.

Mix 2 sticks butter (must be butter)
1/2 cup sugar

Bring to a hard boil for 2 min only.

Pour mixture over the graham crackers and sprinkle with chopped slivered almonds or pecans. (I used almonds, but as a Suthunah, I’m sure pecans would be scrump-shus!)

Bake in a pre-heated oven for 8 minutes on 350.

You can figure out the rest. I did.

What about you?
What foods do you wish someone would hide from you? Have a recipe to share? Have you ever made the most of a situation, despite insufficient information?

Photos by my very talented almost 15 year old daughter, Hannah Bush.