I wanted something simple, because too much flavor would detract from the main dessert event. So no spices, no chocolate. I thought about rum, because it goes nicely with coconut, and it’s a sweet, subtle flavor. And then I thought about salt. Perhaps because Treefrogdemon drinks margaritas on Friday evenings! (But does she salt the rims? I don’t know!). So this is what I came up with. They’re crispy on the outside, but they’re chewy on the inside. Good – but not exactly what I had in mind. I’ll just have to keep trying until I come up with something crispy all the way through. In the meantime, these were a very big hit in my house. Malcolm liked everything but the salt, which he said was too strong of a flavor. And Isaac liked the salt the best.
I made a sort of promise to myself never to post a recipe without a picture and a song. I’m going to make a temporary exception for this one, because I’d like Treefrogdemon and Spotted Richard to pick one song each, that they think goes with this post. And then I’ll add the songs!! Guest DJ!
Treefrogdemon’s wonderful choice is Sally MacLennane, by the Pogues. Love it!
And Spotted Richard chose Sara, by Bob Dylan. I love this one, too. It makes me weepy. Memory and regret!
1 stick salted butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar (I think if you used exclusively white sugar, these would be crispier!)
1 t vanilla
1 T rum
1 cup flour
1/2 t. baking soda
Preheat the oven to 375.
Cream the butter and sugars together. Add the vanilla, rum and egg and beat in well. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
Drop by 1/2 teaspoonfuls onto a lightly buttered baking sheet.
Cook for around 8 minutes, till they’re flat and a little bubbly and starting to brown on the edges.
While they’re warm, sprinkle each with a pinch of coarse salt.
Let them cool completely on a cooling rack.