Tuesdays with Dorie (Dorie’s Cookies): Crash-O-Cookies

Dorie Greenspan Crash O Cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is also this month’s Cookies and Kindness recipe! Some of you may remember last year, I introduced you to Dorie Greenspan’s latest project, #cookiesandkindness.

The aim: To make the world sweeter.
The method: Bake/Share/Post

For this week’s recipe, we were tasked with making Dorie’s “Crash-O-Cookies. Of these, Dorie says:

While some of us are thinking vacation, others of us are already in back-to-school mode.  August can be like that.  But whether you’re headed to the beach or the bus stop, this month’s cookie will be welcome.  For August, we’re baking Crash-O Cookies, a great oatmeal cookie with raisins and milk chocolate pieces.  It’s named for our family friend, John “Crash” Matos, the artist, and it’s a favorite of his … and of my son, Joshua.

Ok Dorie says these are easy cookies and she’s right. But my attempt at them was a little bit of a “crash” (a subtle nod to the name!).

  • First of all, I made them on a 34˚C day (the first hot day here in Southwest France for a while). Secondly, I made them after a morning in the kitchen (working to deadline, so pretty stressed out!).
  • I forgot one of the sugars so I added it in right at the end (Gasp! Look away now Dorie!).
  • I didn’t have raisins (I don’t much care for them in cookies anyway) so I used the dried apricots I had leftover from the Apricot-Rosemary cookies we made a few weeks ago.
  • I used dark chocolate (because apricot and dark chocolate go well together!). So, basically, I changed the recipe AND I messed it up.
  • I discovered the “flocons d’avoine” (oats) I had bought that LOOKED like large flake oats on the packaging were more like quick cook oats once I opened the packet (so, the ones Dorie says not to use)
  • Furthermore, after 8 minutes in the oven, the cookies were looking sweaty, not baked and I realised I had the oven on 200˚F, not 350˚F like the recipe calls for (THAT was an honest mistake!). I pumped up the temperature and kept my eye on them, pulling them when I figured they would be ready – and perhaps pulling them a tad too early as they ended up being very chewy (also thanks to the hot temps) and falling-apart-y.

BUT: Were they good?

Yes. I actually LOVED them. They needed a few more minutes in the oven, for sure. But the flavour and texture was spot on. Enjoyed by neighbours and friends on our little terrace in Nérac. A pretty sweet way to end our time here.

Tuesdays with Dorie Crash O Cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comGet the recipe for Dorie’s Crash-O-Cookies here or on 365 of Dorie’s Cookies.

What cookies will you bake to share this month? Take part in the #cookiesandkindness movement!

Dorie says:

I’ve been posting cookies for a year now asking you to bake and share, in the hopes of spreading kindness in the world. It may not look as though we’ve achieved world Kindness with a capital “K,” but I’m sure that our little worlds are better for our baking and our kindness.

I won’t be posting more recipes for #cookiesandkindness, but let’s keep going anyway.  Let’s bake these cookies and let’s keep baking and sharing lots of other cookies.  Let me know what you’re doing.  Tag your cookies #cookiesandkindness and @doriegreenspan

So there you have it people. Even without a monthly prompt from Dorie, go get baking! Who will you treat this month? If you’d like stickers, tags and cards to dress up the cookies you’ll be sharing, get them here courtesy Dorie’s publisher.

Dorie's Cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com



Want more cookie recipes? Order Dorie’s Cookies for yourself on Amazon (this link should bring you to the Amazon store in your country) or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. Then join us over on Tuesdays with Dorie and bake your way through the book!



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Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of “Dorie’s Cookies” for review purposes. I was not asked to write about the book, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions 100% my own.

10 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie (Dorie’s Cookies): Crash-O-Cookies”

    • Well I’ve been working on Dorie books for over 6 years and haven’t missed a deadline – I’m a bit a-type like that! Plus, I was leaving the country so they needed to be made and eaten!

  1. Temps that high and a deadline can confuse anybody but iit seems that you got a pretty delicious cookie anyway. Southwest France? I’m envious, that’s gorgeous country. Enjoy it if you can, despite your deadline.


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