The theme of our March BreACK! 2015 is “Imagined Galaxies.” And we’re sticking to that with one bang-up good treat. The characters in the story I wrote for the kids to read and illustrate this week kick back and relax by making cookies in a skillet on their space-ship. They dump whatever treats they have in their pockets right into the batter. Once their asteroid cookie is done, they eat it with a spoon and drink flasks of “Moon Milk,” singing songs about dead and dying planets and promised golden worlds.
Now, this may look like a small cookie, espeically if you make it in a 6-in skillet. But be warned, this is a sweet and very filling extra special treat. It will feed at least 8 if not 10 or 12 hungry space travellers. So, here it is folks, The Lunchbox Season’s recipe for the most amazing…
- 10 tbs unsalted butter
- 1/3 c white sugar
- 2/3 c brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/4 c flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 c chocolate chips or chunks of chocolate
- 1 c chopped mixed candy bars + a few whole or larger diced candies to press into the top. [We used malted milk balls sliced in half snack size mars bars sliced in eighths, pie-sliced snack sized peanut butter cups and diced mini skor bars]
- Heat the oven to 350.
- Melt 2 tbs butter and use it to grease a 6-9 in skillet.
- Or, melt the 2 tbs butter in the skillet and swirl to coat. Discard the remaining butter, and set the pan aside to cool.
- In a mixer, blend the remaining 8 tbs of butter with the sugars until fluffy.
- Add the egg and vanilla and blend until combined.
- Mix the flour, soda and salt in a small bowl.
- Add flour mixture to the butter mixture until just combined.
- Mix or fold in the chips and chopped chocolates.
- Press the dough into the skillet, about 2/3 of the way up the pan.
- [If you have extra dough, reserve it to make individual cookies on a sheet, baked 8-10 minutes.]
- Press your reserved candies into the top of the skillet cookie for decoration.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or more,* until the cookie is a golden brown and just set in the centre.
- Serve warm, with full glasses of cold milk.
- [We dye our milk blue and call it "moon milk" to go with our story.]
- If you have leftovers and you'd like to eat them warm, simply reheat the skillet in a hot oven for 2-3 minutes.