That’s how the cookie crumbles

first_imgNext time you watch The Apprentice, keep an eye out for what biccies Sir Alan has got on his boardroom table. Around 80% of UK business folk surveyed reckoned the quality of biscuits they offered to potential clients was crucial to swinging a deal. The report, conducted by Holiday Inn, revealed that chocolate digestives, shortbread and Hob Nobs, topped the bill, while crumbly biscuits were more likely to garner a “You’re fired!”But the crucial question of biscuit politics doesn’t end there. Family Circle magazine in the US has gone where Newsnight dare not tread, and challenged the spouses of the US presidential candidates to share their best cookie recipes. We’ll let you, the professionals, judge who’s best. And let’s hope, for the rest of the world’s sake, that they’re not crumbly…Cindy McCain’s Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies3/4 cup (11/2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, softened3/4 cup granulated sugar3/4 cup packed brown sugar2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract11/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon salt3 cups rolled oats12/3 cups butterscotch chipsMichelle Obama’s Shortbread Cookies11/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened11/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, for sprinkling2 egg yolks2 tablespoons Amaretto (almond liqueur)1 teaspoon each orange and lemon zest3 cups cake flour1/4 teaspoon salt1 beaten egg whiteChopped nuts or dried fruit (optional)last_img

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