the tragedy of the tabasco cinnamon sugar cookies. or whatever.


this is not the blog post i want it to be.

it’s a bit of a disappointment, really. there are so many things i want to talk to you all about — genetically modified apples, the genderfication of food, how freaking awesome the book cheap meats is — but all those things are not this post.


it’s december first. i should be posting my kick-ass beer post for you.

but i’m not.

i did make it through three months of no beer.

and i did have a celebratory beer this evening.


see? proof.

but that beer post going to have to wait until this weekend or whenever i can get to it.

some things came up from my past recently and things have been difficult.

not juggling-too-many-commitments difficult. not oh-my-god-its-the-holidays-and-i’m-not-prepared difficult. (i’m not, but whatever. oh, and happy hannukah!)

it’s more like i-want-to-crawl-in-my-bed-and-stay-there-forever difficult.

there’s not much you can do about that kind of difficult.

if you’re lucky you get a late morning hidden under the sheets, but most of us have Things That Must Be Done, So Help Us.

and all you can really do in those situations is just keep plugging away, despite how low or vague you might be.

that’s where i am.

and that’s where this post is.

we’re thinking.

we’re coping.

we’re keeping our heads down.

and, mercy me, we’re baking.


let’s give that a moment to settle in.


i’m baking.

that’s a whole bunch of nonsense right there.

i’m not a baker. baking is not my thing.

i’m a throw-random-stuff-in-a-pot-and-see-what-we-get kind of girl.

i’m pretty sure we’ve covered the fact that i’m not a big fan of sweets.

and if you check the time on this post, you’ll notice this is a pretty dumb time to be baking.


yeah, it’s for work.

there’s a cookie swap.

and i’m on the celebrations committee. let’s not even get started on that one. i don’t even know how to begin to explain.

that’s about all of the explanation i can give.

it still doesn’t make sense to me, either.

what also doesn’t make sense is how i've ended up with 156 cookies tonight.

that’s just ridiculous.


anyway, as i’ve said before i’m not a recipe person, here’s my recipe for tabasco cinnamon sugar cookies. i’ve also updated last m.f.k.f. monday’s post to include the recipe, as per lp’s request.


cookie dough, always a winner... 


tabasco cinnamon sugar cookies

(this is for just one batch — about three dozen — not my double batch that somehow got out of control.)



3 tbsp. white sugar

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon



2.5 cups all-purpose flour

.5 tsp. baking soda

.25 tsp. salt

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

.5 cup white sugar

1 cup salted butter, softened

2 large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

tabasco to taste (usually around 1 tbsp. or so)


preheat oven to 300° f.

in a small bowl combine the topping and set aside.

in a medium bowl combine flour, soda, and salt. mix with whisk and set aside.

in a large bowl blend sugars with an electric mixer set at medium speed.

add the butter and mix to form a grainy paste.

scrape sides of bowl, then add egg and vanilla extract.

mix at medium speed until light and fluffy.

add tabasco and mix. (make sure you do this step here — i forgot tonight and adding it later was obnoxious and difficult. also, make sure you actually taste the cookie dough as you add the sauce to taste. you want it to have just a bit more of a kick than you think because the flour is going to quiet the flavor down. the idea is to get the flavor of the tabasco, not make an inedible cookie.)

add the flour mixture and blend at low speed until just combined. do not over-mix.

shape into one-inch dough balls ad roll each ball in the cinnamon-sugar topping.

place onto ungreased cookie sheets, two inches apart.

bake for 18-20 minutes. (i find 19 does just fine.)

immediately transfer cookie with a spatula to a cool, flat surface.


bonus: to really get a feel for how i read recipes, add at the end of each sentence “or whatever.”

though, that might be why my kitchen island is covered in cookies right now.

and that's it.

i got cinnamon on my phone trying to take pictures of cookies while i was still baking.

i suggest getting someone else to do the baking. or take the photos. whatever floats your boat.


on that note, i hope your own worlds haven't been too difficult recently. night.