It looks as if all the things’s been canceled this yr, however We Energies’ cookie guide custom is forging forward.
With some modifications, that’s.
“We’re hoping to have some type of normalcy with this,” stated Amy Jahns, spokeswoman for We Energies.
It is likely to be wanted this yr greater than ever. With extra folks staying residence and baking due to the pandemic, “that is the last word consolation meals for the vacations,” stated Beth Straka, senior vp for company communications and investor relations for WEC Vitality Group, the guardian firm of We Energies.
So, the corporate is once more publishing and handing out tens of hundreds of copies of the cookbook, a utility-company custom in Milwaukee for greater than 90 years. Final yr, We Energies gave away 135,000 copies throughout Wisconsin and elements of Michigan’s Higher Peninsula.
This yr’s model of the “We Energies Cookie Ebook” comprises 26 recipes from skilled bakers and caterers all through the corporate’s protection space in Wisconsin. The recipes both are cookies bought by their companies or household favorites.
The cookie featured on the duvet is the salted pecan bourbon cookie made by Adija Smith of Confectionately Yours by GGG, at Sherman Phoenix within the Sherman Park neighborhood.
Smith stated We Energies requested if she’d submit a recipe for consideration after she got here beneficial to them.
“That was an computerized sure for us. For me personally, the ‘We Energies Cookie Ebook’ has been a staple in our household for a lot of, a few years,” she stated, recalling how she’d sit up for it yearly.
Then she was advised that her cookie was amongst people who had been chosen to be within the booklet and would seem on the duvet, no much less. “That was tremendous thrilling for me,” she stated.
“Rising up, trying on the cookie guide, trying ahead to the cookie guide,” after which having one among her personal cookies on the duvet was “one of many greatest accomplishments I’ve had thus far in my profession,” stated Smith, who appeared on the Meals Community’s “The Christmas Cookie Problem” in 2018 and opened her store the identical yr.
She started creating the cookie recipe in 2019 in a collaboration with Lush, the popcorn store in Sherman Phoenix, which sells maple-bourbon-flavored popcorn. Smith added bourbon to her chocolate chip cookie, but it surely did not strike her as sufficient — it did not present what her mom calls “that ring in your ear that you simply get” when you may keep in mind the flavour lengthy after meals is eaten. “The toffee was a slam dunk,” she stated.
Now she sells the cookie at her store, and in November, Smith will start promoting it and different varieties as cookie dough in tubs to take residence and bake, yielding not less than 2 dozen bigger cookies for $22 to $36.
Different cookies within the booklet embody lemon cornmeal pistachio slice-and-bake cookies from Sugar & Flour Bakery Cafe in Greendale, chocolate chunk peanut butter crunch brownies from the Gingerbread Home in Muskego and sizzling chocolate shortbread cookies from 600 Sweets and Treats caterer in Glendale.
The booklet contains gluten-free and vegan recipes.
Free copies of the colour booklet will likely be given out across the state as at all times, from Nov. 4 to 18. That features the massive giveaway at Miller Park, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 within the Yount and Uecker heaps. Final yr, 26,000 booklets had been handed out at Miller Park alone.
However the normal appearances at Miller Park by Mrs. Claus and reindeer are off; no sizzling cocoa or cookie samples this yr, both, for security’s sake.
This yr, the cookie books will likely be handed out in drive-thru trend solely, to restrict contact. We Energies employees will likely be sporting gloves and masks, and clients choosing up booklets are requested to put on masks, too.
The booklet will likely be accessible on-line starting the identical day as the primary distribution, Nov. 4. Booklets courting to 1932 will be considered on-line, as nicely; the hyperlinks are at we-energies.com/recipes.
The 2020 list of cookie book distribution websites with dates and occasions contains two new areas this yr, in Menomonee Falls and West Bend:
Franklin — 6000 W. Ryan Street, on the Milwaukee County Sports activities Advanced, midday to three p.m.
Iron Mountain, Mich. — 800 Industrial Park Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jefferson — 503 N. Jackson Ave., at Jefferson County Honest Park, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Port Washington — 700 Sundown Street, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bonduel — 110 S. Jefferson St., 11 a.m. to three p.m.
Burlington — 700 S. Kane St., 11 a.m. to three p.m.
Elkhart Lake — 220 Lincoln Ave., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Menomonee Falls — W220-N7884 City Line Street at Menomonee Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Waukesha — 1000 Northview Street, Waukesha County Expo Middle, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Weyauwega — 819 Business Ave., 11 a.m. to three p.m.
Solar Prairie — 315 Park St., at Angell Park Speedway, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Amery — 811 S. Keller Ave., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monroe — N3025 14th Ave., simply north of the YMCA, midday to 2 p.m.
Montello — 118 E. Second St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wautoma — 355 E. Foremost St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rice Lake — 104 W. South St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Somers/Mount Nice — 201 First St., simply west of Freeway 32, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
West Bend — 3000 Freeway PV, at Washington County Honest Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wisconsin Rapids — 521 Lincoln St., at Witter Area west parking zone, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Land O’ Lakes — 4352 County Street B, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Appleton — Fox Cities Stadium parking zone at 2400 N. Casaloma Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Milwaukee — Miller Park on the Yount and Uecker parking heaps, One Brewers Method off Miller Park Method, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sparta — 1213 W. Wisconsin St., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Owen/Withee — 117 Division St. (Freeway T), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Marshfield — 3015 E. twenty second St., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This recipe, which is featured on the duvet of the 2020 “We Energies Cookie Ebook,” is from Adija Smith, proprietor of Confectionately Yours bakery and confectionery within the Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave.
Notice that the recipe’s first step ought to happen about an hour earlier than you intend to start mixing the dough.
Salted Pecan Bourbon Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen massive cookies
Examined by Carol Deptolla
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon floor cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup darkish brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons bourbon whiskey
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup toffee bits
½ cup chopped pecans
1¼ cups pecan halves (non-obligatory)
1 tablespoon sea salt flakes
In small saucepan, soften and brown the butter. (See observe under.) Place in fridge to chill and agency up, not less than about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 345 levels. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In separate bowl, cream butter; add sugars and beat till fluffy. Add eggs separately, mixing fully after every addition, then the vanilla and bourbon. Step by step combine in flour combination. Stir in chocolate chips, toffee bits and chopped pecans.
Roll dough into 2-inch balls and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets about 2 inches aside; flatten barely. High with pecan halves if desired. Bake at 345 levels for 8 to 9 minutes. Garnish sizzling cookies with sea salt flakes. Let cool 2 minutes on pans after which switch to wire racks to chill fully.
Notice: To make brown butter, soften butter in saucepan over medium warmth, swirling often because it melts. It would start to foam after which bubble because the water within the butter evaporates. Swirl steadily because the milk solids settle to the underside and the butter begins to develop into golden. It would then rapidly develop into a lightweight brown colour; let it proceed to darken a bit however then take away from warmth to keep away from burning the milk solids, because the butter will proceed to brown. (Take care that the butter would not burn, which might occur quickly.) Pour it right into a heatproof bowl to chill as soon as it is a nutty brown.