Remember that super funny joke from last week about my oven being broken? Still true. It's the electronic spark thing that isn't working. I really wanted to make a certain set of cookies last week that I had been planning, dreaming, sketching, and basically decorating in my sleep this entire summer. I thought that if the gas was working, I could maybe just light the oven myself. You know, with a tiny lighter that I would have to get right next to the gas to be able to use. It seemed like a perfect plan. I took out the oven racks. I took off the metal shield. I looked at the gas distributor and the lighter in my hand - a hand, might I add, that I am particularly fond of...and I gave up.
Also, the electric transformer box for my microwave blew a fuse. My only options for replacing it is to speak Korean. Or buy a new transformer box in the next town over. Neither of which is likely to happen. Because...and here's my big secret reveal...I am moving. Okay, it's not that exciting. I will still be in South Korea.
Since I'm not about to replace or repair anything 4 days before I move, my main form of heating/baking/cooking anything is the stovetop. While I did figure out how to bake chocolate cookies in a pot this week, it's not so great for sugar cookies. And after a couple of years of making decorated cookies... this super crazy thing happened...my kids are a teensy bit hooked on them. They have lost their innate ability to eat dinner in a completely civilized manner-- that does not include food in their hair, on the wall, or carefully applied to the table-- without a frosting covered cookie waiting somewhere for them. It's a little depressing to be honest. I thought my children were so well-adjusted, so polite and charming, and now, to find that it all boils down to the lure of a delightfully decorated sugar product... it's a bit overwhelming. I'm not really sure where to go from here. At least I wasn't until I remembered this fantastic concoction from my childhood.
Waffle Iron Cookies
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups flour
Pre-heat waffle iron. (And by that, I mean -- plug it in.) Cream butter and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Add eggs, salt, and baking powder. Mix well. Add cocoa powder and stir gently to combine. Mix in flour. Lightly spray waffle iron with pan spray. Drop 2-4 little blobs of chocolatey cookie dough goodness on the iron. Bake for exactly 60 seconds. Use a fork to lift out of the waffle iron. Serve as soon as they are cool to eat.
butter cream and sprinkles on them. It's practically guaranteed** to convince your children to behave appropriately at meals.
**This statement has not been tested by a third-party or even a second-party really, and as such can not be construed as an actual guarantee or warranty or anything at all that would make you think you can get mad at me if it doesn't work. But you should totally try it, because seriously, what could be more fun than making cookies in a waffle iron and then covering them with a sweet buttery happiness and sprinkles?!