Monday, August 20, 2012

Chow Mein Cookies

Remember the butterscotch "Haystacks" that your mom used to make?  Well these are the gourmet, grown-up version of those.  When I decided on an Asian-themed menu for Little Devil's grad party, I racked my brain for recipes with Asian ingredients, but things that weren't too wacky for our guests.  (Some of which are not as adventurous when it comes to Asian dining!)  Haystacks, using chow-mein noodles immediately came to mind, but I needed something a little more updated.  I saw this recipe on Food Gawker.  When I read that the blogger created this cookie inspired by a dessert enjoyed at David Chang's Momofuku Milk Bar, I knew I had to try it.  Please visit the Bob Vivant Blog for some incredible recipes!
Chow Mein Noodle Cookies...
Not Your Mama's Butterscotch Haystacks!

The Cookie Line-Up
Cream together butter and sugars.
Add egg and vanilla.
Combine dry ingredients and add to wet mixture.
Stir in butterscotch chips.
Stir in chow mein noodles.
Roll into balls and place on ungreased baking sheet.
Flatten tops slightly with a glass.
Sprinkle lightly with Maldon sea salt.
Cool on wire racks completely, after baking.

Chow Mein Noodle Cookies1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coconut flakes
3/4 cup chow mein noodles
1 cup butterscotch chips
Maldon sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until creamy.  Add egg and vanilla.  In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and coconut.  Add to the wet ingredients.  Stir in butterscotch chips and chow mein noodles.  Roll dough into balls and place on ungreased baking sheet.  Flatten the tops of the balls lightly with a glass.  Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned, but still soft.  Cool slightly on baking sheets, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Prep Time:  Approximately 20 minutes     Cooking Time:  Approximately 15 minutes

Original recipe found here:

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