Hurricane cookies are a particular gris-gris to keep storms out of the Lowcountry.
Shopping list for Hurricane Cookies
(assuming you have baking soda, baking powder and salt already)
unsalted butter (2 sticks)
caramels (18 of 'em)
bittersweet or seme-sweet chocolate (6 oz.)
pecans (a cup, chopped)
Now for the recipe, which I have kept secret for 10 years .... (click on Continue reading)
powerful gris-gris against tropical storms and hurricanes*
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
6 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped coarse
18 caramels, chopped coarse
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans.
350 degree oven
Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in flour. Stir in chocolate, caramels and pecans. Drop onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake 10-15 minutes depending on your oven (watch 'em).
*To be made (and eaten) when the Lowcountry is under a tropical storm watch or a hurricane watch.