Thursday, October 18, 2012

Elsie's Buffalo Chip Cookies


At dinner last night with my former boss, she turned to me and said, "Would you please write something new? I'm sick of looking at that fig!"
And so, Lyn, even though I never tire of looking at figs, this post is for you.

I was so intrigued by the name of this confection, Buffalo Chip Cookies, that I stepped away from the presidential debate on Tuesday night and opened my binder -- of recipes, that is! I figured I could simply watch the highlights later.  (Talk about having your cookie and eating it too!)


These had enormous promise: pecans, chocolate chips, coconut, cornflakes and plenty of brown sugar.  I visions of Momofuko Compost Cookies in my head: Could this recipe be the grandmother of those amazing treats?

The short answer is no.  They're really quite good and they disappeared in just minutes as the ladies of Henry Street Settlement's Home Planning Workshop took a break from their knitting and sewing projects to indulge.  But, like many things in life, the reality fell short of the anticipation.

Still, it's an interesting and easy recipe and something different than the standard chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies.  (And it's getting the fig off the top post.)

Mix the wet ingredients and then add the dry ones.  Later, fold in all the good stuff -- the chips, coconut, etc.


I used a small cookie scoop to make the cookies uniform.  And to make the process quicker and easier.




This recipe makes A LOT of cookies.  I halved it and still had almost 40 cookies.  I still have no idea why these are called Buffalo Chip Cookies but a Google search turned up one explanation: it's a reference to their large size.



13 comments:

  1. Susan,
    Thanks so much for the new post--and for the cookie you gave me last night. I had it as dessert for my salad lunch and, while I've never had a compost cookie, I thought it was delicious! Even worth the points!
    Lyn

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    1. Thanks, Lyn! And it is the perfect end to a salad lunch!

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  2. They sound amazing and, since I've never had a Compost Cookie to compare, I'm thinking I will find their expectations fully realized. It is disappointing though to expect greatness and be met with mediocrity.

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    1. They are pretty good, Dawn. And that's what makes greatness so great -- it's a rarity.

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  3. This is like my Grandmother's recipie but hers were called "Super Crunch Cookies". Hers adds a cup of raisins. I make mine with crasins and substitute bran flakes for the corn flakes. Thanks for the memories.
    mary

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  4. Glad to supply the memories, Mary. Thanks for writing!

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  5. I'd like to thank your friend Lyn for stating what I was thinking! Farewell, fig, and hello, cookie!
    This cookie looks delicious and reminds me of a "Cowboy Cookie" I once enjoyed and hope to get around to making one of these days.

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    1. Thanks, Melba. You'll be happy to know that I have ten desserts still to write about, so I should be posting more soon. (Can you tell I'd much rather bake than write and edit photos?)

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  6. Hi Susan,

    I come to your blog thanks to my sister Madeline and I DO like to bake, so thanks for the recipe. Question..for the shortening, do you use all butter, all shortening (Crisco?), or a mix? Let the oven preheat!

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    1. Hello, Heidi -- I ALWAYS use unsalted butter in all the recipes. Crisco has changed its formula so much that I'm sure today's product in no way resembles what was used when these recipes were originally made. Anyway,that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

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  7. love it!!!


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    1. Hi, Leia -- Thanks so much for writing, and sorry for my delayed response. I will certainly check out your blog! Love that you're getting such a head start : ))

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  8. This may sound crazy, but Elsie is my grandma! She died about 10 years ago, but is very special to me and is a part of my life everyday. In fact, her nick name was "Dee Dee" and I named my daughter Dylan just so I could call her Dee Dee. I try to model my life after her -- make everyone feel special and loved by doing little things that are meaningful to them... like making three varieties of potato salad (without pickles, without eggs, and fully loaded) so everyone can enjoy it together.

    In any case, I need to make cookies for an event later this week. I thought I would try to a recipe that my Mamma (Elsie) would make sometimes online - buffalo chip cookies. I simply googled "Buffalo Chip Cookies" and the picture from above of her hand written recipe popped up. I am not certain that the writing of the recipe is hers, but the name "Elsie" in the corner is undoubtedly her writing.

    It was such a surprise... it made me feel so connected to her and was very emotional. I am definitely going to make this recipe... and print out the card from your website.

    I would love to the original card if you wouldn't mind. Please feel free to connect with via email and we can discuss further -- estullerkirk@gmail.com

    Thank you for making my day! My family will love this story over the holidays. I'm sure we'll visit your blog many times!

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