Patricia Heaton is in my kitchen. Yep, the actress known as Debra Malone of Everybody Loves Raymond and Frankie Heck from The Middle is in my house. Kind of. In between her work schedules and raising four boys she loved to cook comfort food in her kitchen: the kitchen is the last place I experience comfort. And, somewhere between raising four boys and starring in two successful sitcoms, she published a cookbook. And, that cookbook and her autograph are in my kitchen. So, technically a part of her is in my kitchen. And, today it’s all about Patricia Heaton’s Spring Cleaning Cookies.
My fan love for her stems from the feeling that I see a bit of me in her and the characters (moms) she plays. And, I am sure her audience feels the same way. Have you seen her cooking show, Patricia Heaton Parties? I love her honesty and the cooking tips behind her recipes. And, she includes friends and colleagues in each episode. On one of her first episodes, she casually lists “work she has had done.” Do you not love that about her?
I pre-ordered Patricia Heaton’s cookbook via her social media and received a signed copy from Frankie… I mean Patricia. With her signature in my copy of her cookbook, it’s the closest I will ever be to Patricia Heaton. So I take comfort with her hanging out in my kitchen on my DIY farmhouse shelves.
If I start talking to her cover photo I might need professional help.
Over the weekend I had a chance to
sit stand and flip through the new, unstained pages of her cookbook. I landed on her spring cleaning cookies recipe. Just as the title suggestions, the ingredients were in my pantry. It was the perfect way to clean out the pantry and reward myself with a batch of cookies. I had at least one bag of crushed potato chips and M&M bags from the holidays held together with a paperclip.
The add-ins for my spring cleaning cookies included 1/4 full bags of seasonal M&M’s and an almost-empty bag of Kroger potato chips. I added a few semi-sweet chocolate chips to balance the milk chocolate M&M’s. wink
Patricia suggests finding a balance between the salty and sweet add-ins for this recipe. My son guessed the salty add-in after a few cookies. They were a hit at our house. I froze a dozen to have on hand when my son’s friends come over and his squad shows up on the weekends looking for food. Food is a great bribe to get your kids to stay in on a Saturday night.
PATRICIA HEATON’S SPRING CLEANING COOKIES RECIPE
- 1 STICK UNSALTED BUTTER
- 1/2 CUP LIGHT BROWN SUGAR
- 1/4 CUP SUGAR
- ONE EGG ROOM TEMPERATURE
- 1 TSP VANILLA
- 1 1/4 CUPS FLOUR
- ONE TSP BAKING SODA
- PINCH OF SEA SALT
- 2 1/2 CUPS MIX-INS (TOTAL) COMBO OF SALT AND SWEET
- PREHEAT OVEN TO 350
- LINE BAKING SHEETS WITH PARCHMENT PAPER
- BEAT THE BUTTER AND SUGARS UNTIL SMOOTH. ADD EGG & VANILLA
- MIX IN FLOUR, BAKING SODA & SALT.
- ADD THE MIX-INS AND STIR TO COMBINE
- DROP DOUGH BY DOUGH SCOOP.
- BAKE 11-14 MINUTES DEPENDING ON A CHEWY OR CRISPY COOKIE
Oh, and if this recipe got you in the mood for some spring cleaning in the kitchen check out this tip on how to organize the cleaning products under the kitchen sink; no tools required. And, then treat yourself to a batch of spring cleaning cookies.