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Wednesday, November 1, 2000

Stage an Election Day


Here's a thought: Throw an election-night party next Tuesday and take side bets on which of the potential first ladies is a better cookie baker.

These recipes were compiled by the presidential candidate's wives for Family Circle magazine. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui is serving the cookies in its restaurants and lounges next week.

Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies

Laura Bush

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
1-1/2 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flake coconut
2 cups chopped pecans

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl. In a very large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy.

Gradually beat in sugars and combine thoroughly. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.

For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spaced 3 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Makes 3 to 3-1/2 dozen cookies

Nutritional information unavailable.


Tipper Gore

3-3/4 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2-1/2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vinegar

Mix flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves in a large bowl. In another large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in sugar, continue to beat on medium speed until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in molasses and vinegar until combined. On low speed, beat in flour mixture.

For each cookie, roll 1 rounded tablespoon of dough into a ball, place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. With fork, flatten each and make cross-hatch pattern. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 16 minutes until slightly brown around edges. Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Nutritional information unavailable.

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