Today is my first day of Christmas vacation. You'd think I'd spend it sleeping in, slurping coffee, watching movies, and ignoring the chores. A nice long stretch of 30 days is plenty of time for most things, but for me, lazy time is torture. Christmas Day is fast approaching, our adult children will be arriving in 2 days, and our crazy holiday kitchen renovation continues with the installation of the new floor in mere hours.
Aside from foolishly indulging in so much coffee I bounced off the doorways, I tossed the idea of wasting the morning and got busy cleaning out the cluttered shed, blasting through the laundry, and picking up detritus that should have been taken care of days ago.
Sounds like fun, right?
Yes, I thought so too. Easily bored with drudgery, I gradually drifted to the pantry and paged through my recipe notes. Although I'm a professional Baker, I sometimes find myself too tired and sugared-out to treat my family to the same goodies I create at work. Today, however, I was inspired to use what I had on hand to make a new treat for my husband and kids. These cookies are crisp on the outside, with a cake-like lightness- delicious on their own, but as usual, I had to take it one step further. Using some canned frosting someone bought, thinking they'd done me a favor (shock, horror), I produced tender, gooey sandwich cookies that I won't even bother bagging up. They'll be gone by bedtime.
Of course, you can (and should) make your own favorite filling, but don't limit yourself. Fruit preserves, sweetened cream cheese or peanut butter, along with everyone's favorite buttercream would all work wonderfully. You can even use these to make ice cream sandwiches! Build your own Wagon Wheels, along with your own Christmas baking memories. Enjoy your loved ones, and all our American abundance!
Now without further ado, I give you Winter'Rest Farm Brookie Wagon Wheels. A cookie, a brownie, with plenty of holiday excess thrown in for fun. Day one of merrymaking!
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
8 cups rolled oats
2 cups cocoa
1 TBSP baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 1/2 vegetable oil
3 TBSP vanilla
6 cups sugar
Combine the dry ingredients, mix well. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Add the wet components to the dry, and mix til well incorporated. Use the scoop of your choice to bake at 350 for 12 minutes.