Friday, March 16, 2012

Cookies for the Leprechaun Trap

Now those are five words I never thought would get me into the kitchen - Cookies. For. The. Leprechaun. Trap. But that's what I heard, late last night, as Dylan was heading up the stairs to go to bed, "Mom, don't forget that I need cookies for the leprechaun trap! Good night. I love you!"

Just in case there was any doubt - was there any doubt?!? - I whipped up some peanut butter cookies for the trap. Here's how the trap works...

"The leprechaun will smell the cookie and climb up the cactus. Up. Up. Up. Then he'll see the cookie and jump onto the top where the cookie is glued on the trap door. Whooosh. He falls in. And the cookie is still there for the next leprechaun."

While I am thrilled that my boys' school doesn't assign them busy work for homework, I was a little bit perplexed by this week's homework assignment: plan and build a leprechaun trap, detailing what leprechauns look like, what might attract them to your trap, etc. Okay, that uses imagination and problem-solving. Great. But, given the scope of my child's imagination and problem-solving, this became a family project. And what are they going to do with the traps?

Major props to the leprechaun trap builders for reusing a giant cactus rainstick that they made for Dylan's birthday party last year. But reminding the resident chef that you need cookies for your trap at 9 o'clock at night, not so good. We are not a family who can walk to the cabinet and open a package of Oreos at a time like this.

Jake asked, "Are you really going to bake cookies right now?" Ummmm...yes. So, I stood in front of the fridge for a little bit and decided that the fastest cookies would be peanut butter cookies. No joke, they were on my cooling rack in 25 minutes.

1/2 C organic peanut butter (use smooth or chunky, depending on your preference)
1/3 C butter softened
1 egg
1 C organic granulated sugar
1 C organic dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1-1/2 C white whole wheat flour
dash of smoked sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the peanut butter, butter, egg, and sugar together in a large bowl. Gently fold in the remaining ingredients until they are just moistened. Form teaspoon-sized balls and place them on a buttered baking stone leaving at least 1" on each side. Press the balls down with the tines of a fork in a criss-cross pattern. Bake for 15 minutes, longer if you want them more crisp. Cool completely.

So, Jake and I had cookies last night and the Leprechaun Hunter was happy this morning. Mission accomplished.

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