When I was working with Elizabeth Falkner on her latest book, Cooking Off The Clock, we always found ourselves working on/eating from the book after I was finished shooting something and she was done at Orson and/or Citizen Cake. For Elizabeth, this was one of the times she really took to cook for herself, and as such, she always thought of this book as ‘Late Night Appetite’ .
I was fortunate enough to be the recipient a lot of these meals, some as inspiration for the book. What I loved was that there was no meal off limits for late night, not grilled baked fresh or fried. Not sweet or savory.
Here are two recipes from the book I find particularly addictive and easy to make — late night, daytime or whenever that snacky feeling sneaks up.
Peanut Butter-Coconut Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened coconut
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Melt 1/2 stick room temperature, unsalted butter in a saute pan over medium heat. scrape 1 vanilla bean (split the bean and scrape out the seeds) into the butter. Add 1 1/2 cups rolled oats and cook, stirring frequently, until browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add 2 tbsp. baking soda, stir to combine, and set aside to cool completely.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream 1 stick room temperature, unsalted butter with 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 1 cup packed light brown sugar, and 1 cup creamy peanut butter (you can use almond butter too!) at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add 2 room temperature, large eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition, about 1 minute each time. Decrease the speed to low and add2 1/2 cups sifted, all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut,and 2 tsp. kosher salt (I used less) and mix until combined. Fold in the cooled browned oats until evenly dispersed.
Roll the dough into golf ball-sized rounds (about 1 tbsp. dough each). Place the rounds about 1 inch apart on the lined baking sheets and bake until just golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on the sheets, and then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Store the completely cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
Oysters In The Fire
- 24 fresh oysters in the shell
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1 lime, quartered
Place the oysters on a preheated grill or on a baking sheet set over a fire and allow them to open ( from the pressure the steam builds up inside the puster as it heats up) about 3-5 minutes, depending on the heat of the fire.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan and add Tabasco.
Serve the open oysters with each drizzled with the butter mixture and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve immediately.
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