In honor of Election Day and the fact The Daily Cookie debuts tomorrow, I am revisiting Family Circle’s First Lady Cookie Recipe contest. Remember back in March when they put Michelle Obama’s White and Dark Chocolate Cookies up against Ann Romney’s Oatmeal M&M Cookies? I received an email recently saying Michelle Obama’s recipe won. However, having baked both presidential cookies multiple times in the past few months, I’m going to have to say it’s a tie.
If you haven’t made the cookies yet, keep in mind that the Obama recipe on FC’s website calls for 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter and 1 stick (which is one cup — Crisco stick are larger than butter sticks) of Butter Flavor Crisco. That’s like making the Toll House recipe as written, but throwing in an extra cup of fat. So based on the reports from people who made the recipe as written and got flat, crepe-like pancake cookies, I’m guessing the recipe should read 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter and ½ stick (1/2 cup) Butter Flavored Crisco. That’s how I’ve been making it, and with that little fix, they are awesome. The mixture of butter and shortening gives them just the right balance of butter flavor and crispy-edged shortening texture.