The Trail Companion
Pat Oren's Secret Trail Work Motivator --
By Pat Oren
[Editor's note: Pat Oren, one of our
long-time Crew Leaders, often plays a big part in
helping volunteers do the work that needs doing by
bringing out a batch of her special Trail Work
Motivator Chocolate Chip Cookies. A few of these at
lunch are all it takes for the crew to send the dirt
flying and finish up the trail section. More than
once when Pat didn't bring the cookies along, folks
threatened to take her back to her house to make
cookies if she didn't bring them the next
The "Secret" Recipe
1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl.
Use a separate bowl to stir the dry ingredients
together. To the butter mixture, add the egg and
vanilla extract, and blend well. Blend together the
dry and wet mixtures. (Add the water if the mixture
looks too dry to form cookies.) Stir in the chocolate
chips. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put the
cookie dough onto a greased baking sheet by
teaspoons, or whatever size cookie you prefer. (They
do spread a little.) Start checking the cookies after
8 minutes in the oven. Makes around two dozen,
depending on size.
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 c solid soy margarine
3/4 cup of packed brown sugar (I use dark)
1 teaspoon water (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
semi-sweet chocolate chips - however many you like
(a handful or 8 oz.)
Variations I've used:
(Recipe adapted from the Woman's Home Companion
- Use almond extract instead of vanilla.
- Add a pinch of ground ginger, or cinnamon
- Add crushed or chopped walnuts.
- Add oat bran to the flour.
- Use fewer chocolate chips, and write the
letters of HAPPY BIRTHDAY on top of the cookies
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