Friday, January 28, 2011

Sugared Cinema: Pretty in Pink (1986)

You know you're talking like that just because I'm going out with Blane. 

Blane?  His name is Blane?!  That's a major appliance, that's not a name! 

(I know, I thought it was spelled "Blaine", too.)

Out of all of John Hughes' films, I connected most with Pretty in Pink.  That movie had deep, heart-to-heart conversations with my adolescence and it took my emotions on a 96 minute joyride in Andie's pink VW Karmann Ghia. 

While I typically side with the funny/quirky guy (especially one who can move to Otis Redding), I really wanted things to work out with Blane.  Andrew McCarthy was one of my earliest crushes, brought on by Pretty in Pink and fueled by Less Than Zero.  It came to a screeching halt after Weekend at Bernie's but I will always have a soft spot for Blane and his full, feathered hair.

Andie and Blane's story closely parallels today's unconventional recipe.  Two people (or ingredients) from different ends of the social (or culinary) spectrum, come together to form a relationship (or cookie.)  Their common bond?  Love (or oatmeal.)

Oatmeal Stout Oatmeal Cookies
Original recipe by Wayne Harley Brachman
Makes 2 dozen

 Here's what you'll need:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled oats (not the instant kind)
8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup oatmeal stout (I used Southern Tier Oat)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease or use parchment paper to line a few baking sheets.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients:  flour, baking powder, baking soda and oatmeal.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and both sugars until combined.

Add the egg and beat well.

On medium-high, beat in the stout and vanilla.

On low, gradually add the flour mix until just combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

 Roll the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place them a few inches apart on the baking sheets.

If your dough is too soft to work with, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are nicely browned.

Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

So, I gotta say:  these cookies are SUPER tasty.  Crisp outside and a dense, chewy center.  The taste of the stout is pretty subtle so if you want a more pronounced stout flavor (you lush), try adding more beer (and upping the flour and oatmeal amounts) or using a roastier stout.

I bet you thought I was going to make some sort of pink-hued confection, didn't you?

Nobody pulls off pink like Andie.

Happy Friday.
(Cue New Order - Thieves Like Us.  Instrumental version.)


  1. Ummm - this sounds like my husband's dream come true. I'm pretty sure he would leave me for these cookies.

    PS: I'm loving Andie's cookie hat.

  2. John Hughes knew how to talk to teenagers and it was a sad day when he passed away. Sigh. I'm with you on Weekend at Bernie's even if I laughed but I could never look at Andrew the same way again. I wanted to punch him in Joy Luck Club.

    What about prom?!?!!

    Dude, I don't even like oatmeal and I want to annihilate that cookie hat.

  3. The Shanner - Andie borrowed the cookie hat from Iona.

    Margie - Just say it! TELL ME THE TRUTH! Then Blane's voice cracks when he says her name as she's running away. My throat's getting all tight thinking about that part.

    P.S. I'll still watch the crap out of Weekend at Bernie's. Serpentine!

  4. Yum. I bet this would be awesome with ST's Choklat Stout, too - the chocolate flavors on that are so pronounced (really a bit too much for a stout imo) that I bed it'd translate into cookie really well.

  5. Oh man, now I am too. Gets me every time. Ugh.

    You know what I didn't find believable in the Weekend at Bernie's movies? That McCarthy was a virgin. Everything else, totally could happen. Now, excuse me while I go and shed a tear for Andie.

  6. Liam - Choklat would be awesome. The entire Blackwater Series, even. I'd love to try making a caramel sauce with the Creme Brulee stout.

    Margie - Dude. Halloween costume idea.

  7. fo reals, this is so cute. john hughes also introduced me to an early crush: john cusack of 16 Candles. love me some of him. and jake ryan? goes without saying. i identify the most with that movie.

    so am i guessing correctly that this cookies would go down better with beer than a glass of milk? :)

  8. LOL Andie's cookie fro is freakin hilarious, Ali!! Only you... xoxo

  9. Another awesome post....I look forward to these in particular. My hubby would flip over these.

  10. Angry Asian - yeah, John Cusack is quite cute. Anthony Michael Hall's temper? Not so much.

    Margie - why do I have a feeling you're going to end up having to be Bernie?

    Manda - all she needs is a little fondant pick to refresh her cookiefro. xox.

    Jennifurla - thanks lady :D

  11. ooh Andrew McCarthy. ditto on the crushing. Nice cookies. the last photo is hilarious,

  12. Blane is spelled Blane? Never knew!

    And look at her hair in that last pic... love it!! hehe

    Happy Monday Darling! xo

  13. I also refuse to believe that wonky spelling of Blaine. But I'll take him in his 80's glory however his name is spelled. But about these cookies...I'm gonna need you to go ahead and send me a box. And if you have any of those leftover supermodel/scifi cookies you made last week, throw those in too. When this icepocalpse hits this week, this girl's gonna need some sustenance.

  14. Lora - I mean really, who didn't love Andrew McCarthy? Although I have to admit, Steff (James Spader) has started to grow on me over the years...

    Jen - hi Jen, thanks for stopping by :D

    Shannon - I might even hide in the box along with the cookies. That way you have no choice but to invite me to karaoke.

  15. These cookies sound amazing. I love anything with oatmeal. I'd probably add some peanut butter because I'm crazy and love peanut butter.

    Totally with you on the Blane love. I thought Duckie was beyond obnoxious. It was the first time I didn't root for the underdog ;)

  16. Lauren - I was never a huge PB head until I met Mike. He CRUSHES anything involving PB. I had to start buying the mini-keg sized jar to keep up with the consumption.

    Duckie acts like such an ass when Blane and Andie run into him at the club. "Hey've been replaced." Go ride your bike into a ditch, dude.