Monday, December 17, 2018

Milky Way Thumbprints #LitHappensBookClub

My friend Cam, of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, invited me to join in a monthly book club called "Lit Happens".  We are in a facebook group and discuss the books as we read each month.  This month's selection was Contact by Carl Sagan.

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There is no requirement to cook a recipe inspired by these books but, of course, I do.  I find cooking inspiration in nearly everything.....
I ordered this book up from the library and it was ridiculously small writing for someone of my advanced age LOL.....

When the librarian handed it to me, she laughed and advised me that I could order it up on audible through the library.  I thanked her and did so.  As a bonus, the reading is done by Jodi Foster who also starred in the movie version.

I didn't love this book.  I didn't hate it but I would often find my mind wandering as I drove along listening to it and I missed some of it.  I wasn't interested enough in it to try to find my way back to where my mind wandered off.

It is the story of a scientist who, along with other scientists, spends trillions of dollars making a spaceship and actually make contact with other life in the universe.  The problem is that they were only gone from our time for 20 minutes and all of the evidence they obtained, photos, videos, etc. has disappeared. 

It was an okay book, there was a little bit of food mentioned but not much.  What was mentioned, quite often, was the Milky Way.  Therein lied my inspiration for these cookies.  I had some leftovers sour cream cookie dough left in my refrigerator.   

I rolled this dough into balls instead of rolling for cut out cookies.  Cut some Milky Way minis into quarters and pressed them into the center of each ball with my thumb to flatten the cookies.

Perfect recipe.  Easy peasy and delicious.  I am also sharing this recipe over at Foodies Read. Stop by and see what the others are being inspired to make from the books they are reading.  

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Milky Way Thumbprints

Sour cream sugar cookies enfold a Milky Way bar that has been nestled down into the dough.


2 3/4 c. flour
3/4 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/4 c. sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
1/3 c. sour cream
1 egg
1 t. almond extract
12 Milky Way minis, cut into quarters


Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In large bowl of stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, sour cream, egg, and almond extract until well combined.  Turn speed to low and gradually add in flour mixture, just until combined.  Divide dough in half, form into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or up to 3 days.

Roll the chilled dough into balls and place onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment or a silicone mat.  Press a quarter of Milky Way into the center of each ball with your thumb.  

Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 8-10 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack before serving.
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  1. Okay, I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this post, Wendy. I haven't been a very good reader this month though I am finishing up our December-January Cook the Books pick. I think you'll like it...if you haven't already read it.

    1. I haven't. I plan on using it for the plane ride to Arizona over Christmas break. Looking forward to it.

  2. What a clever and yummy idea for a not so clever book!

  3. I thought the movie was ok, but I think I read the book and didn't like it as much. But it was so long ago, I'm not sure if I read it or not. I love your "milky way" food connection!

    best... mae at

    1. Thanks Mae, I never saw the movie and don't think I will bother. Merry Christmas.


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