Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Bribe

Husband Jim doesn't like selling tickets.     He's a procrastinator.     Which wasn't a worry when we had our business for the business would buy the lot and then he'd be sweet and give his tickets away.   But so many organizations that do fundraisers require members to sell a certain number of tickets.   Which seems fair to us for they are fundraisers!

  Husband Jim is in Rotary and they request members to sell 10 which isn't a great lot but Rotary expects $50 from each member -- whether you sell your tickets or not.  

You don't have to buy tickets in advance, you can get them at the door.   It's a really good meal!

Last week, Husband Jim came home with 10 of these.     And we did manage to sell two.    But I could see the handwriting on the wall . . . so I did what any good wife would do . . .

I posted on Facebook:

Rotary Potato Feed is Tuesday, November 29 -- just when you're tired of turkey leftovers come join the Rotarians for a loaded baked potato and holiday brownies. They're doing both lunch and dinner and the town Christmas Parade is just after. Jim has tickets to sell and they are just $5 each . . . and if you buy your tickets from him, we'll deliver and as a bonus you'll get a half dozen of Linderhof's chocolate chocolate chip cookies (chocolate cookie -- white chocolate chips) -- email us at -- the offer stands as long as we have tickets!

Not only were his eight remaining tickets gone before the afternoon was up, but we sold 11 more tickets 
than we had -- so he'll need to get more tomorrow when he goes to the Rotary meeting!

The bribe -- I made today . . .

Bags of six cookies.   One per customer.

Chocolate white chocolate chip cookies.    Bagged in cello, six to a bag and tied with Rotary blue ribbon.

I am the baker -- he is the deliverer!

Tickets and cookies, ready for his delivery.     For we promised!

And this afternoon, when it was tea time . . . in the breakfast room

Every afternoon at half past three . . .

I enjoyed

My reward -- three delicious chocolate white chocolate chip cookies for afternoon tea!

the remaining three cookies.     They went very well with the Harney Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea.  

The cookies are easy and the chocolate comes from cocoa which means that they aren't that expensive to make.    The recipe is an adaptation of an Ina Garten recipe.

Husband Jim was gone at tea time.    Alas, he got nary a cookie!  


1/2 pound butter at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup sugar
2 t. vanilla
2 eggs, at room temperature
2/3 c. unsweetened cocoa
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 bag white chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350.

Cream the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.    Add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time and mix well.    Add the cocoa and mix again.   Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and add to the chocolate with the mixer on low speed until just combined.    Fold in the white chocolate chips.

Drop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment or silpat, using a 1 3/4 inch ice cream scoop or a rounded tablespoon.    Dampen your hands and flatten the dough slightly.    Bake for exactly 15 minutes (the cookies will seem underdone).   Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

That is a great idea.

GardenOfDaisies said...

You deserved every bite of those remaining cookies for selling the tickets for him! :-)
Wishing you both a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Southerncook said...

Those cookies look delicious and I would have bought tickets with a promise of some of those cookies too.What a fabulous idea to get your tickets sold. Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving, Martha.


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

What a clever woman you are! And what a good wife!