May 8, 2010

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Pauline and I spent all day yesterday and most of today sewing in my *playroom-sweat-shop*! We have the sewing machines lined up on the tables, two irons and ironing boards! This is serious business. P got a little confused about which foot pedal to push to make her sewing machine go!

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After a short session of afternoon *retail therapy* it was back home and now into the *baking sweat-shop*. After a quick dinner of homemade french bread pizza it was time to tackle the dreaded Potting Soil Cookies (dun...dun... dun...), more commonly known at the Heavenly Provo Temple Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie. (recipe to follow... but be warned... these cookies are not for the faint of heart! Serious bakers only need apply!)

The first thing you need to know is that this is just a HALF recipe! Yes, half-recipe!

Our first order of the day is to create Oreo Cookie crumbs. Pauline, Nikki and I opened three packages worth of Oreo Cookies and scrapped out the frosting in order to grind up the cookie part to get the crumbs.

So mix all your dry ingredients... I started in my largest Tupperware bowl and soon discovered that even my half-recipe was too large so I opted for a clean, clear garbage bag in my kitchen sink.

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Then blend together your wet ingredients. This did fit in the Tupperware bowl.

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Now mix. It was a good thing I had Nikki for an able assistant and P for a photographer!

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This is when we decided that the dough looks exactly like potting soil and we gave these yummy cookies a new name.

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Stinkin'-Cow... that's a lot of dough!

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I will spare you photos of me making myopic faces as I try to shape the cookies (this is a crumbly dough)

Ah, here they are all ready to bake.

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And the final baked cookie. I think it got offended because we called it Potting Soil so it oozed across the parchment lined baking sheets. The ones at the temple are more formed.

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I baked 7 dozen cookies, about half of the dough. At 11 pm I ran out of steam and turned the rest of the dough into rolls and froze them for future use. I'll let you know if that makes for a better shaped finished product.

Provo Temple Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies
This recipe makes 10 dozen LARGE cookies. Feel free to half the recipe but do not quarter it; the proportions do not come out exact and will require “tweaking” if you want to make a significantly smaller batch. The Temple makes the entire batch and then freezes the batter that is not being cooked immediately. However, freeze them in the patties and not in a block of dough since it is a sticky dough and will not thaw evenly.

2 cups Rolled Oats/ 1 cup rolled oats
5 lbs. Oreo cookie crumbs (fine) / 2 ½ lbs Oreo cookie crumbs
3 cups Flour /1 ½ cups flour
6 cups Coconut flakes /3 cups coconut flakes
3 lbs. Semi-sweet chocolate chips /1 ½ lbs chocolate chips
4 cups Chopped pecans / 2 cups chopped pecans
3 lbs. Heath Toffee crumbs (coarse) /1 ½ lbs Heath Toffee crumbs
1 ½ lbs. Mini marshmallows / ¾ lbs mini marshmallows

Blend all the above ingredients together well and set aside.
4 lbs. Sweetened condensed milk / 2 lbs sweetened condensed milk
1 cup liquid eggs (egg beaters) / ½ cup liquid eggs
2 ½ Tbls. Baking powder /1 ½ Tbs baking powder
1 ½ lbs. Melted butter (unsalted) / ¾ lbs melted butter (unsalted)
1 ½ Tbls. Kosher salt (I prefer this to table salt) /1 ½ Tbs salt

Blend the wet ingredients together well. Combine the wet with the dry but do not over mix. Bake at:
Convection Oven—350 degrees
1 tablespoon size cookie (traditional size) for 10 minutes
2 tablespoon size cookie (temple size) for 12 minutes

Thermal/Conventional Oven—375 degrees
1 tablespoon size cookie for 8-10 minutes
2 tablespoon size cookie for 10-12 minutes

**Notes of the Trade**
You can buy Oreo cookie crumbs but VERY few stores carry them. The only store that I know in Utah that carries them is Harmon’s. Instead you will need 5-6 packages of Oreo cookies and you will need to scrape the icing out of the center (each package is a pound but keep in mind that you lose some of the weight in the icing).
The cheapest way to acquire the Heath Toffee is to purchase the packages of miniature bars. It is FAR more expense to purchase an individual bar and more expense to purchase the pre-crumbled baking toffee. You can find the package of mini-bars in the candy grocery aisle at the store. Because the batch is so large, I used the counter top to mix all the dry ingredients. I also used two mixers; one to mix all the wet ingredients together and then the other to combine the dry and wet together in batches. Once I had combined the ingredients, I again mixed the entire dough together on the counter top. This is a very sticky dough and it of course will bake sticky. You must either use parchment paper or spray your cookie sheet with a non-stick spray. This cookie sets up as it cools so do not over bake. Let them cool for a few minutes on the pan but remove them to a towel before they cool completely because they will be VERY hard to remove from the pan without scraping. (Thank you Jennifer Cederstrom for getting this recipe from the Provo Temple)


alexfrankie said...

That really does look like potting soil. Sounds so yummy. I am writing it down. I will try it later.

Thanks Mary

Mom and Dad said...

Such good, good cookies . . . and so much dough!!!
Looks like it was fun doing it. Good company!