You know, I really should have named these “Barter” Caramel Crispies, instead of Pecan Caramel Crispies.
In case you find yourself thinking, “what in the world is this girl talking about”. Let me take a few steps back and explain.
About a month ago I decided I was completely fed up with my hand-me-down mouse, which kept freezing up on me (becoming unresponsive) and thought it was time to do something about it. Keep in mind, I had been dealing with this freezing-up mouse behavior for at least a couple of months prior to this point.
When it comes to spending money I think most of us probably have somewhat of a split personality which, loosely translates into something I’d like to call selective efficient consuming.
For example I love to drive —nice fast cars, especially. So, if I was to be given the choice between buying a pair of Louboutin’s a month or driving a car of a comparable monthly price tag, I would immediately go for the car. Wait… no, strike that. Perhaps, shoes and cars are a bad example to compare against, because I happen to love them both.
Oh, I’ve got it! A much better example would be the choice between a new expensive handbag a month vs. a car payment of a comparable amount. This choice would be a no brainier for me —nice fast car all the way!
As you can infer from the above, computer mice fall into the “expensive handbag” category for me. Therefore rather then spending money on a new mouse I thought it would be a great opportunity to take advantage of my baking skills and see if I could barter a baked good for a new mouse instead.
Well, after putting a few feelers out there, I got a taker! The deal was made, the trade took place, and now I no longer have to worry about my mouse freezing up in the middle of something. Plus, the money I saved from the barter can be used to help fuel my lunchtime Starbucks habit. Yes, I know… I have issues. 😉
Here’s to thinking out of the box…
Whether it’s by bartering, or tossing in some rice krispies into your next cookie batter!
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
- 1 cup Rice Krispies, plus more for rolling cookies
- ½ cup dulce de leche, warm (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Cream butter and confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl with a an electric mixer on medium speed. Add egg yolk, vanilla, and salt; mix well. Gradually add flour; mix just until combined.
- Stir in pecans with a wooden spoon until combined. Carefully stir in 1 cup of rice krispies.
- Portion batter with a cookie scoop (approx. 1 tablespoon), roll into remaining rice krispies and place on prepared cookie sheet spacing them 1-2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until light and golden brown. Do not overbake. Allow cookies to cool 5 minutes.
- Place dulce de leche into a small plastic bag, pastry bag, or squirt bottle and drizzle over cookies. Allow dulce de leche to cool.
- Store cookies in a sealable container.
What are some of your selective efficient consuming habits? I’d love to hear them!