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Monday, June 20, 2011


This is the card that went with the cookies I sent to
my father for Father's Day.

           My dad is one of those dad's that when you buy him a gift he is upset that you bought him a gift. It is not that he is not grateful but it is a lot of "you did not have to do thats." My dad also never seems to want to celebrate Father's Day but he is my dad! So despite my Dad's attempts in the past to not celebrate I am sending him some baked cookies.

         There is one thing that my dad would not refuse as gift and that is my dog Penny. Penny is a Golden Retriever with red hair and has stolen my dad's heart. When I come to visit my parents we have to bring Penny. In fact he loves Penny so much that she even got a Valentine's day card while I did not! He sends Penny cards and signs them "Love Mimi and Pop-Pop." Pop-pop is my dad and Mimi being my mom... It is cute. But not cute enough to make me feel the need to gift, Penny.

Penny in the doggy pool

Penny with Bubba and Ruby (her cousin) looking into the pool

Penny in the bathtub
Penny in the bathtub without any water
       However, Penny was my anniversary gift and has a home that adores her. In fact we are on a budget currently and following it so that Penny can get a back yard/ vacation home. I cannot deal with giving my dad, Penny but I wanted to make him a cookie that reminded me of Penny. My mom told me that the last time I left my dad said as soon as we left "I miss her already." Because he misses Penny (and Penny misses Dad as well) I wanted to use bittersweet chocolate and a reddish butterscotch like my dog Penny's coat.


8 oz Ghirardelli 70% Cacao extra bittersweet chocolate roughly chopped
11 oz Nestle Butterscotch morsels
2.25 cups of flour
2 sticks of butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
0.75 cups of granulated sugar
0.75 cups of brown sugar
2 eggs

Butterscotch chips

1.) Sift together: flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium sized batter bowl. Put aside.
2.) Cut up room temperature butter into small pats of butter and place in the mixing bowl. Using the flat blade attachment in mixer cream the butter, vanilla, brown sugar and granulated sugar together.
3.)  Beat the egg in a small with a fork to break up the egg. Add the Vanilla extract to the eggs.
4.) Add the eggs one at a time to the mixture of creamed butter/vanilla/brown sugar/sugar. Make sure in between eggs to beat the mixture well.
5.) Add the sifted dry ingredient slowly folding it into the wet mixture. Run until the dough is mixed thoroughly.
Chopped Bittersweet Chocolate and Butterscotch
in the mixing bowl
6.) Stir in the roughly chopped chocolate bar and the butterscotch chips. Make sure that the stand mixer has the chips through out the mixture by taking using a flat spatula to scrap down the sides.

Tips: If the mixture is uneven: fold the mixture by hand if necessary to mix the bottom part of the dough with the top layer. If necessary then run the mixer again.

The dough after being mixed.

7.)Cover the chocolate chip cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate the cookie dough in the mixing bowl for about 20 minutes.
8.) After 20 minutes preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
This cookie batch made 18 large cookies

The Penny Love Pop-Pop Cookies came out good!

The Penny Love Pop-Pop Cookies ended up
being a hit with my father!
9.) The cookies should bake at 350 degrees 8-15 minutes or until golden. See my blog on Giant Chocolate chip cookies with a hint of peanut butter chips on how to use the Giant Cookie Wilton Pan.