Gardening with the Minions and Karl’s Cookies

loyal minionsNo, not those minions; I don’t live in a cartoon universe, although it does get crazy around here. THESE minions.

We’re blessed with a bunch of young friends who cheerfully help out on all sorts of projects, from cleaning up the garden to putting up huge batches of tomatoes. We call them “our minions” and we are so, so lucky to know them. When they join in a work party – and the photos I’m including here are from this weekend just past, or a similar yard day last spring – then we feed them. We feed them well. A lot gets done, there’s joking and teasing, and we all end up tired and happy.

herbs to plantWe had a lot of gardening to get through this weekend – planting tomatoes and annual herbs, cleaning up the lawn, weeding, moving stuff about. So yes, we called the minions to ask for help. And they responded! Friends are wonderful.

Grill timeWe grilled burgers and sausages; we ate inventive salads (look for more to come on those.) We drank copious amounts of iced tea, and lemonade, and ale.

And we ate Karl’s cookies. Karl is a musician in Iceland, who sent me a recipe that I adapted to use ingredients I had on hand. These are wonderful whole-wheat chippers, not too sweet, just right for a work day.

Karl’s Cookies freely adapted from the super-secret original

  • Karl'c cookies cooling2 1/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 c turbinado sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 c dark chocolate chips
  • 1 c dried cherries

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; mix together with a fork (no need to sift.)

Beat butter with sugars in a large bowl until well combined and fluffy. Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Gradually stir in the flour mixture, then stir in chocolate chips and dried cherries.

Refrigerate the dough a bit – anywhere from 1 hour to overnight. This will help make the cookies keep their rounded shape. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350˚F.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto baking parchment. Bake 12-15 minutes, until golden. Cool by moving the parchment with cookies to a wire rack – the cookies are fragile until they have cooled.

Share with deserving friends.

Many thanks to Amelia, Ian, Peter, Todd, and Travis for your help! Special thanks to Karl from the band Årsti∂ur for the great cookies and for the music. Next time I’ll try them with the diced apples. 

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