Patricia Heaton is in my kitchen. Yep, the actress known as Debra Malone of Everybody Loves Raymond and Frankie Heck in The Middle is in my house. Over two-plus decades Patricia Heaton raised four boys, starred in two (now syndicated) series and married to her first husband. And in between work schedules and four active boys, she found comfort and joy in her kitchen; two feelings I rarely feel in my kitchen. And then as if all of that was not enough she published a cookbook and I found Patricia Heaton’s Spring Cleaning Cookies.
I think my 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.
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 farmhouse shelves.
If I start talking to her I might need a little help.
Over the weekend I had a chance to
sit stand and flip through the new, unstained pages of her new cookbook. I landed on her spring cleaning cookies recipe. She had me at spring cleaning and cookies. And, just like the title suggests the ingredients were in my pantry. And, it was an excuse to clean out the crushed bags of potato chips and M&M bags held together with rubber bands.
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
It’s what I like to call a dump and dough recipe; you dump the ingredients and bake the cookie dough.
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 with my husband and son. I froze a dozen to have on hand when my son’s friends come over and the squad looks for something to eat.
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
These spring cleaning cookies are an easy, quick recipe.
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 make a batch of Patricia Heaton’s spring cleaning cookies.