Thursday Wind-Up – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

by Cate on March 18, 2005

Two new recipes came out of my kitchen tonight … Asian Dumpling Soup and Preachers Gone Astray. One winner, one not so much. The Asian Dumpling Soup recipe was just ok. Since I’m the only one in the house remotely interested in even eating it, I ended up throwing away what was left, which I usually don’t do. This year, I decided to keep and repeat only WOW recipes, and this one’s not even close. That said, there was no way I was going get through that whole pot by myself. So like Scott Peterson … buh-bye!

Now the Preachers Gone Astray was another story. Yum-o! Supposedly a “Southern treat,” and perhaps someone can back that up for me, these are a quick, delicious, no bake chocolatey treat. A forgiving recipe, you can very easily swap out and change some of the add-ins. Experiment and take out the apricot and add dried cherries instead. Change up the nuts. Walk on the wild side with this one. Although a cinch to make, the recipe only yields 13, so you might want to consider doubling it. Happy Baking!

Preachers Gone Astray
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots (about 8)

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or waxed paper.

In a small heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring constantly, melt the butter with the sugar, milk, and cocoa. Bring to a full boil to dissolve the sugar. If the sugar doesn’t dissolve, the cookies will have a grainy texture and dull color. Cook at a full boil for a minute and a half.

Stir in the oatmeal and beat vigorously to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the fruit and nuts.

Drop by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared pan. Refrigerate or leave at cool room temperature to set.

Yield: a baker’s dozen

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Anonymous March 18, 2005 at 4:46 pm

The cookies look really good, thanks for sharing! I have an Asian Dumpling Soup in my “to-try” list, and was wondering if it was the same one you tried. Was it from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food? If so, that’s the one I was wanting to try, but after reading your comments, I will probably remove it from my pile! :)

Have a great day,


Cate March 18, 2005 at 5:11 pm

It’s from Everyday Food, but that’s also the name of a food column in the Houston Chronicle, the source of my recipe. My guess is it’s the same recipe … some of the ingredients are 8 oz mushrooms, 2 cans chicken broth, frozen dumplings/pot stickers/wontons, ginger, scallions, etc. Hope this helps! :)


Anonymous March 18, 2005 at 6:57 pm

Thanks sweetnicks! I bet it is the same one, same ingredients. I probably will just pull it out of my “to-try” pile. But these preacher’s cookies will be added, thanks again! :)



kima March 19, 2005 at 2:15 am

Loving your blog MISSINDI!!!

Those cookies are very intriguing- think I might make them tomorrow!


Cate March 19, 2005 at 2:35 am

Hey Maureen – thanks for visiting! If you make the cookies, just make sure you double the recipe. Although it says it yields a bakers dozen, that would be a stretch, and since they don’t last long, better to have a few extras. Enjoy! :)


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