School lunch. Ah, the days of a mass produced meals served in the compartmentalized, plastic tray, with a carton of milk and plastic silverware. A long line to get your appointed portion all while (slowly) working your way up the pecking order of tables. . . In our school lunch room there was a definite order to where people sat. Kindergartners at the end of the middle table, THIRD graders sat at the far end of the first table (prime spot) and so on.
The lunch menu was published each week in the “Snowshoe” and I could almost predict the sort of week it would be by the lunch menu. If it was a “Chili” Wednesday and “Burrito Friday”. . it was a GOOD week. . throw in a Grilled Cheese Any day. . and wow LIFE WAS GOOD. Now if the menu included Beef-a-Roni (need a I say more, just the name. . ) Cold Ham & Cheese (on a homemade, a bit too floury roll. . ) and horror of horror’s BEEF ROCKS. . . it was going to be a pretty disastrous week!
Beef Rocks. . . let’s just talk about Beef Rocks. . . first the name. . who wants to eat something called. . B-E-E-F R-O-C-K-S?? Some of you more open minded people out there might say, “well what is it, it can’t be that bad, can it?” IT CAN, my friend, picture ground beef (the school lunch room variety of ground beef. . have you been watching the news lately, can we say BEEF RECALL?) surrounded in a mushy, homemade (with that same too floury dough) roll. It sends shutters up my spine to recall. Beef Rocks always meant “sack lunch”.
So, when in a recent issue of “O” (The Oprah Magazine) I saw a recipie for “Chocolate Rocks” my mind leapt to “beef rocks”. . how often do you see “rock” in the name of a recipie?
Chocolate Rocks. . . ROCK! This little morsels of yummy, wholesome (really) chocolate chip cookie goodness made up for any bad association of recipes with the name “Rock”. . .
Try them. . you’ll see. .
2 Cups whole wheat flour
1 Cup rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
8 Tbsp (1 Stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 Cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 Cup Apple Butter
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Cup Walnut pieces (I used pecans)
3/4 C Raisins (I didn’t have any, so I didn’t use, but next time I will)
Preheat oven to 375.
In a large bowl combine flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar. Stir in apple butter, eggs, and vanilla. Add flour mixture, stir until well combines. Stir in chocolate chips, walnuts (or pecans) and raisins. Return dough to bowl, cover, and refrigerate until firm 30 minutes to hour. (I just put in freezer for about 5-10 minutes. Worked out fine)
Line baking sheet with parchment paper (or spray with Pam). Drop by rounded spoonful. Bake 13-15 minutes. Cool. Eat!