Monday, May 10, 2010

Why Sometimes It's Good to Talk to Strangers

As a child, you learn early on, never to talk to strangers.  As an adult, sometimes talking to strangers leads to some sweet rewards.

Today, while cruising the isles of our Safeway...

(Really we were cruising.  Have you seen the car shopping carts.  This is why my boys cheer when I say we're going to Safeway.  They love driving the isles, steering like race car drivers, and honking at fellow shoppers.  Albertsons only has the edge in grocery store popularity because of the free chocolate chip cookies.  Sorry back to the story...)

I stopped in the baking isle while a fellow shopper was dropping some Betty Crocker cookie mixes in her cart.  They were on sale, and I made some comment about trying to figure out if it was a good deal or not.  This fellow shopper and I then started in on a conversation about the mixes and prices and she mentioned that she combined the sugar cookie mix with the lemon poppy seed muffin mix to make the best easy cookies.  Of course I wanted to know more.  I laughed and commented that I needed all the quick and easy cooking tips I could get with three little boys.  She dictated the recipe to me and I quickly scribbled it down so I wouldn't forget.  The muffin mix was on sale as well (score!), so I made them for FHE tonight.  So awesome!!

So, thank you, dear cute Safeway shopping stranger, for the fabulous recipe.  Now I will pass on the goodwill to all of you, my dear reading friends.

Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies

1 Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1 Betty Crocker lemon poppy seed muffin mix
1 cube butter (1/2 cup), softened
2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the above ingredients together.  They will make a very stiff dough.  I had to use my hands to mix it all together.

Use a small cookie scoop to shape cookies on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for approximately 10 minutes, until slightly browned around the edges.

Place on waxed paper and drizzle the lemon icing from the muffin mix over the tops of the cookies.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Try not to eat a dozen by yourself...

Because sharing is a childhood lesson that should still be followed.


  1. Those look delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

    I love, love your story. I have had all kinds of fun conversations with strangers, everywhere I go. (And I thought it was just a southern thing!)

  2. These are delicious!!! So glad I found out about these before I went to Safeway and before the sale ended!!

  3. I'm getting hungry again...

  4. I saw that safeway shopping stranger. He was cute.