how to steal a cookie

The easiest way would be to distract the person in possession of said cookie with this fabulous book:

Once that person begins reading all about Georgina and the irresistible dog in question, he/she will forget all about cookies. This book has already been nominated for a Texas Bluebonnet Award, is recommended by Parents Choice, and is a School Library Journal Best Book of 2007.  I freely admit to having read this book sans cookies.

But looking at you, I sense your weakness. You’re probably the type who wants to have your cookie and eat it, too.

It’s a good thing the author herself, Barbara O’Connor, is here for the Cookie Party. She has brought one of her favorite recipes from The Silver Palate Cookbook (Workman, 1982). I recommend eating these very slowly,and savouring every crumb while reading Barbara’s book, to facilitate the ultimate canine cookie experience.


12 T (1-1/2 sticks) sweet butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1-3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter, add sugar and molasses, and mix thoroughly. Lightly beat egg and add to butter mixture; blend well.

Sift flour with spices, salt and baking soda, and add to first mixture; mix. Batter will be wet.

Lay a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet. Drop tablespoons of cookie batter on foil, leaving inches between the cookies. These will spread during baking.

Bake until cookies start to darken, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven while still soft. Let cool on foil.

(These are soft and chewy, and definitely worth stealing.)

TIP:  I know you will like How to Steal a Dog so much, you will bark for more.  But no need to beg, roll over, or steal. Just pre-order Barbara’s next book, coming in Spring 2008:

Leading a dog’s life? Break out of your kennel and join the Cookie Party

Post your favorite recipe and leave the link in the comments, or email your recipe to me:  readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot com)!

8 thoughts on “how to steal a cookie

  1. I’m looking forward to reading Greetings from Nowhere when it comes out next spring. Hope your revisions are going well. Should we send down some tubular shaped cookies?


  2. I can’t find my Silver Palate cookbook, which is driving me crazy–all my “secret” recipes are handwritten on the front cover. I am so happy to see this recipe–it is awesome. Thanks for sharing!


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