Friday, September 3, 2010

Weetabix Butterscotch Cookies

I don’t feel like myself this week. I feel more like a midwestern mom with four children and a pastor husband. Not my quirky rebellious northwestern self with an only child and a tech for a spouse.

I’m not entirely crazy. Really. Ok maybe I am. Though I bet it has to do with the food and less with my losing my mind. This week I’m living life through someone else’s victuals. Things I’ve never made and never really thought of. Meals with a very mid-west twang. Can I say twang for midwestern food? Probably not.

My assignment is to shoot a five day menu of a woman who lives and cooks many states away. It feels like acting. I can almost envision myself becoming a better person. Well, let’s not go that far, but I am having fun and this is a good reminder of how vast our country’s food roots are. Sometimes I forget when I don’t travel out of my northwest corner enough.

I haven’t spent much time in the midwest exploring their food culture, but it’s on my bucket list. For several years I’ve dreamed of eating my way through the Minnesota State Fair. If I ever get there I’ll be sure to buy pants three sizes too big and an extra large passenger ticket for the plane ride home.

Weetabix Butterscotch Cookies
These cookies are a variation on an old Weetabix Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I called the company, but the recipe is so ancient no one can remember the origin.

4 Weetabix cereal, crushed
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
¼ cup granulated sugar
1½ tsp vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 egg
1 cup butterscotch chips

1. Mix together crushed Weetabix, flour, soda and salt

2. Cream together butter and sugars. Beat in vanilla and egg. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in butterscotch chips.

3. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for about 2 minutes, then transfer to cool completely.

Makes about 32 cookies.

Recipe adapted from the Weetabix recipe collection. Picture by Laura Flowers.


Fallon said...

I love weetabix!!! I never thought about using it in cookie recipe. I'll have to try this out one day!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Hmmm, I've lived all over the US, from the east coast to the midwest, and I've never heard of a weetabix. I must be missing out. Interesting recipe, and great pic!

Joanne said...

Haha I would like to eat my way through a state fair, just once. To say that I did it.

These cookies sound awesome! I can't remember the last time I had weetabix!

Unknown said...

Looks very tasty

Unknown said...

I have never heard of weetabix ceral. Great looking cookie.

Sue said...

I've never even HEARD of Weetabix, but Laura, thanks for the laugh today! I needed it:) Happy Labor day!

Monet said...

Your posts always make me smile. I would love to see all the photographs you are taking right now, but I'm glad you share so many other great photos/recipes on your blog. I've never heard of weetabix before, but you better believe I know and love butterscotch!

Veronica said...

What the what? I live in the midwest and have never seen nor heard of this "Wheetabix!" Never! It's not for sale in Kansas, I swear. I feel left out, though it doesn't look like something I would relish eating--lol. When you come to the midwest to explore our food culture, be sure to pop in!

FOODESSA said...

Laura...My dearest Hubby cracks me up when he says that he lives to eat and of course to give me his loving ;o)
I, live to experience...especially the food diversity that we are fortunate to be offered in our surrounding abundance. How lucky are we?
I'm glad you're having a great time with your assignment ;o)

As a youngster....I had seen some Weetabix commercials...otherwise, I would have no clue at this point. We can't buy it in Quebec...well, not as far as I'm aware of. I can easily substitute it for bran cereals ;0)...and I do love butterscotch.
Thanks for sharing your dusted off recipe ;) The cookies look darn good!

Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

Federica Simoni said...

wow che delizia!! sempre bravissima!!baci!

The Southern Cookbook said...

Ok, this is a new one weetabix? I've never heard of it. The cookies look good. I would willing to try it. Great post :)

Xiaolu said...

What an interesting assignment. Sounds fascinating, as do these cookies. I feel in love with weetabix with chocolate while visiting my friend in London. Delicious.

Haddock said...

They look yummy and inviting.

Anna said...

Oh, I totally love the role-playing game; sometimes I cook other country food, and decorate the table and have even a Japanese kimono to dress up. It’s fun. Your cookies look lovely, I'm sure they are yummy too.

Cyndy said...

What is weetabix? I dont remember ever hearing about it.......sounds interesting.

Tia said...

My Dad always has a couple boxes of WEetabix around. Next time I see him I'll have to try these recipe! Tia @ Buttercreambarbie

Butterscotch Cookies said...

Just the recipe I have been searching for. Thanks for posting this! :)

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