A Guest Posts From One Of My Favourite Bloggers : The Flying Pinto – The Secret Recipe For First Class Cookies…SHHHH

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16/11/2009 – A Guest Posts From One Of My Favourite Bloggers : The Flying Pinto – The Secret Recipe For First Class Cookies…SHHHH

About two months ago The Flying Pinto made her debut on Flying With Fish as guest blogger writing “Insights & Humour From A Flight Attendant.” Today Sara, aka: The Flying Pinto, returns with more insights…this time with insights on making cookies for the road.

As we enter the holiday season we can also use a little more cheer in our lives as the days grow shorter (well they are growing shorter in the Northern Hemisphere…and with Midwest Airlines announcing they will not be removing their famous cookies from flights following their buy out by Republic Airways and Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) having recently handed out its 1,000,000th cookie to passengers, now seemed like the perfect time to incorporate cookies into writing about airline travel.

Today’s guest writer is a flight attendant from Boston, based in Houston who frequently flies out of Newark. Sara’s airline recently left the SkyTeam Alliance to join the Star Alliance and she’s hoping the airline will update the flight attendant uniforms in the near future following the change over. As an extra bonus to why I get along with Sara…she also happens to be a Boston Red Sox fan.

I’ve recommended Sara’s blog to Flying With Fish readers previously in this post 01/09/2009 – Five Flight Attendant Blogs You Should Read, and Mashable.com recently placed The Flying Pinto in the #16 slot of their 28 Aviation Pros on Twitter. You can follow Sara on Twitter at www.twitter.com/theflyingpinto

…without further interruption…

The Secret Recipe For First Class Cookies…SHHHH Or at least the secret to a more enjoyable flight!

First Class Cookies…….mmmmm…….what can I tell you? They are warm right out of the oven and they taste as good as they smell. Cookies are great; they make people happy. It’s rare that a passenger will turn down his/her cookie. In fact, they’ll usually have a glass of milk with the cookie, which is funny because hardly any adult orders milk as a drink. But, bring out warm cookies, and milk is the beverage of choice. I know you can smell them in coach and, I’m sorry! I wish I had enough for everyone. It’s probably not a bad idea. Surfing the Internet all I ever read is how bad Flight Attendants are…mean, stupid, rude etc. Maybe if we gave passengers a warm cookie it would help.

I know passengers in First Class can’t help being nice once they have their cookie. So, here’s what I’m going to do to make everyone happy on their next flight. I’m going to share the recipe for First Class Chocolate Chip Cookies……ok….. it’s really my recipe…….well, not mine exactly. Toll House Cookies actually. But, I do have two tricks for baking cookies. If you like your cookies to stay “right out of the oven soft” you need to follow the recipe for Toll House Cookies, except use all brown sugar and most important, take the cookies out of the oven before they look done. They will still be a little gooey on the inside and the edges should barely be starting to brown. Every oven is different so you need to watch them bake until you figure how long this is with your oven.

Next what I want you to do, is call your airline before your next flight and find out what kind of aircraft you will be flying on. Specifically, how many passenger seats and how many crewmembers will be on board. What? You think I’m crazy? Well, you can’t just bring enough cookies for yourself, can you? Ok, well at least find out how many crewmembers will be on board;-)

Here is the recipe…. add baking to your trip planning and next time you smell those FC cookies you can indulge right along with FC (the milk is still free in coach)…and here’s another secret…. if you follow this recipe, your cookies will be better than FC!

•    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
•    1 teaspoon baking soda
•    1 teaspoon salt
•    1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
•    3/4 cup granulated sugar (replace with brown sugar)
•    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
•    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•    2 large eggs
•    2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
•    1 cup chopped nuts
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Happy Flying …make that Happy Baking!



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