Happy Fourth, everyone! Nowadays it seems there’s a lot to unpack when you think about our country and what it means to feel patriotic. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone wants to feel safe. Everyone wants what they think is best for themselves and their family. Everyone wants to be loved and feel needed. Everyone wants to belong. Everyone wants to be healthy and thrive.
See? We aren’t so different after all.
So I decided to make some cookies this afternoon. There’s a correlation here, so bear with me.
I’d wanted to try Laura Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies, first published in Family Circle magazine in 2000, for a couple of weeks now. I was assured they’d be the best cowboy cookies I’d ever made. Never having made any at all, this promise was a likely guarantee. With the holiday off of work, today was a perfect excuse to whip these babies up. It wasn’t until I had the first cookie sheet ready to slip into the oven that I realized how appropriate the recipe was for the Fourth of July.
As expected, the cookies baked up Texas-sized. The edges are light and crispy with the coconut giving it texture and chew. It’s also entirely possible there may be a little magic involved. The recipe yields 24 cookies. I down-sized it by a third and, using the recommended 1/4-cup measurement per each, I still baked 24 cookies. Sorcery!
I got to thinking about baking the Laura Bush cookies. I wasn’t very political-thinking back when she was our FLOTUS. I can’t even tell you who I voted for. But I can tell you unequivocally, Laura knows her way around a cowboy cookie. It’s not political. It’s not partisan. It’s just a damned good cookie.
Happy birthday, ‘Merica!
Peace . . .