Teacher’s Pets

Good news, bad news time…. Our instructor says we didn’t do well enough in our Private Pilot Ground School classes to take the FAA’s written exam.  Totally not our fault!  The man kept locking us in the office during class!  He says it’s because we were too much of a distraction to the other students….. we say it’s because we were showing up the other students with how smart we are!

So, that’s the bad news… The good news is… we finally convinced the girl to take the Private Pilot class!  Now we can study together and if we happen to fall asleep in class …. we can borrow her notes!

M told her that she should make cookies for class… it is a proven fact that sugar and chocolate help you learn (we saw that on a candy bar commercial).  We found this recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles…. YUM!

As usual, she didn’t follow all the directions (that’s gonna bite her in the tail in class!)  and she keeps calling them Mayan Chocolate Snickerdoodles… something about her all time favorite ice cream….

Mayan Chocolate Snickerdoodles


1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder (the girl used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ancho chile pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons  milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Sugar Coating

1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ancho chile pepper and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, maple syrup, milk and vanilla. Pour mixture into the dry ingredients, combine.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.

Shape dough into 1″ balls. Roll dough in the cinnamon/sugar mix.  Place dough 2″ apart on a greased baking sheet.

Bake until the cookies have spread and are crackly on top, about 9 to 12 minutes.

Makes about 24 cookies.

Note: the original recipe called for cayenne pepper, but the girl replaced it with ancho chile powder…. Too much cayenne will make your whiskers tingle…. like that Crawfish Etoufee she made… meow-za!  The girl says that the  ancho has a “smoother heat”.  She has promised to make us the Mayan Chocolate Pecan Pie where she first learned about ancho chile for Thanksgiving… we can’t wait!

Wish us luck in our Private Pilot class!

– M&M


One thought on “Teacher’s Pets

  1. M&M…what you don’t know is that the girl has already taken the class once. And I have it from a respected source that she did receive all the necessary instruction. However, she was much younger then so how much of it she retained can be debated. So as they say, maybe the second time around it the charm?????

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