How different reality is. Lots of girls with long, but rarely silky, hair (due to the rain, humidity or sweat from being in a helmet in 85 degree weather) with every kind of face and eyes that say "Hey, how are you? It's so cool you're here". In the show ring, everyone looks much the same - a picture of snooty equestrian life in tan breeches, tall boots, tailored jackets and sleek helmets. Before and after it's cutoffs or jeans, dusty tee shirts and muck boots - an essential because the place is crawling with horses, of course, but also dogs. So. Watch. Your. Step.
Brown Butter Cowgirl Bars
Makes approx. 20 large bars
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup oatmeal, not quick-cooking
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350º
2. Beat butter and sugars with electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
3. Put flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add to batter in a few additions mixing until combined.
4. Add oatmeal, walnuts and chocolate chips and stir with a wooden spoon (or clean hands) to mix them into the dough. It's a very dry dough.
5. Spread into an ungreased cookie/sheet pan pushing into corners and smoothing out top (I used a pastry scraper to get it smooth and even).
6. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool, cut and share.
* Heat butter in a saucepan and let bubble until brown bits appear on the bottom and edges of the pan, swirling a bit as it cooks. Pour into a heatproof dish and chill until solidified but still soft (about an hour).