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I feel like I could set a world record for starting recipes that I don’t actually have the ingredients for. I feel like it happens a lot.
I set out to make Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Cookies from Magnolia Days today. So I get out the chocolate chips and realize I don’t have any butter. This almost never happens. (Except apparently I’ve been on a baking binge lately, as I see my last two recipes are desserts, too!) I’d already dragged my two boys to Target today, but we hit up Bi-Lo for butter and a few other little things.
So I start again. I melt the butter and chocolate. I mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. And then, you know what? I don’t have any pecans.
But what is the kitchen for if not creativity? (And, well, basic sustenance.) I decided if we were going to have nut-free cookies I would jazz them up with Butterscotch Schnapps instead of the supercheap bourbon I happened to have a tiny bit of left after making homemade vanilla. I am guessing these would be really good with some chopped-up toasted almonds in them, too. Or with two cookies sandwiching some butter pecan ice cream. Yummm.
If you don’t want to use alcohol, you could substitute butterscotch syrup, the kind you make lattes with. (Butterscotch lattes are my FAVORITE, by the way. If you ever want to buy me a Starbucks.)
Do you have any favorite happy accidents in the kitchen?