A final installment of this series. I’m inspired to write about some of my other epic failures. It’s so liberating to put them on display a bit! I feel like I can finally lay my dream to rest, and it’s also been a delight to revisit some little stories. A tribute to Charlie is in order, for how great he was to work with:
From: Charlie’s Favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Let us take a moment to appreciate Charlie, before I talk about cookies.
He comes in early and builds a fire. And he reads his Bible and drinks his coffee by it until he needs to work.
He is the go-to guy. The “Chaarrrllliiieeee! Fix it please” guy. The one who listens to all requests with patience and sincerity, and does his work heartily and without complaint.
He is the guy that looks horrified when he walks into the kitchen and I’m playing hip hop. But also the guy who looks like a 10 year old boy when he discovers that I am making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and excitedly tells his last two encounters with said treat.
He fixes the dishwasher while I do dishes and talk his ear off.
He waits by the fireplace, half asleep, for me to finish dishes so he can give me a ride home (oh, he’s my next door neighbor too), because he knows what a pansy I am about the bears.
He’s the boss man’s favorite, and a very essential part of life at the lodge.
He is someone safe. Who cares if our music tastes are different, or I don’t really know much about him because GOSH he’s quiet and keeps his thoughts pretty private? He’s a solid person.
I got teased for making him a batch of pumpkin cookies with no walnuts in them. But he deserves them.
A few weeks ago, I told Mrs. Boss that I was going to make the boys some pumpkin cookies, and she laughed a bit. She was like, no, don’t do that, they’re big tough guys and don’t like things that are all fancy. Stay simple, make them some snickerdoodles or peanut butter cookies. So, I sat down at the lunch table with them and announced that I would be making snickerdoodles. The biggest guy, Big Dave, paused, scrunched his nose a bit, and was like “So, can I make a request? Do you happen to have any pumpkin?”
Then when I started making them, Charlie stuck his head in the kitchen and saw them laid out on the cookie sheets, and truly got the look of a 10 year old with excitement and anticipation.
I have been requested to make them at least 4 times now, and I am continually amazed at how perfect Charlie’s timing is of needing to check something in the mechanical room (on the back of the kitchen)…he MUST see the water heater just as I pull them out of the oven. I serve them as dessert and put a bunch in the cookie jar at the end of our buffet, and they are gone within 12 hours every time.
This recipe is from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I add about twice the amount of pumpkin as she calls for, and make 2 double batches, which makes me 6 dozen. I haven’t tried a ton of pumpkin recipes yet, but love this one as a jumping off point!