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Tahoe recipe: Chrissy’s cookies — a pocketful of miracles

As many of my readers know, I am training for a mini triathlon thing called, optimistically, a "sprint."

Now "sprint" to me implies fast and easy, so why all the grueling preparation? Seriously, I feel like I am auditioning for an episode of "Survivor."

My training "buddy" (who, FYI, is no longer a friend of mine!) keeps dropping me off at places like Martis for a 4.5-mile run (translation" walk with cell phone) the summit with my bike, and the lake with a wetsuit.

Yep, just me, my gear, some water and, thankfully, Chrissy's cookies. These puppies fit right in my fanny pack, in the pocket where my pedometer is supposed to be. I love them.

You do not have to be an athlete in training to reward yourself with a Chrissy cookie — just a good person. Actually, even if you are a real sour puss, these little gems will adjust your attitude.

For instance, I'm suddenly looking forward to today's workout.

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Ingredients:

Two and 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup quick oats

1/2 cup chopped pecans

One 12 oz, package chocolate chips

"smidge" of salt

1/2 lb of butter

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

One and 1/2 cups peanut butter

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350. Beat together the last five ingredients and set aside. Mix together the first three dry ingredients and then stir into the butter, egg etc. mixture you have just set aside.

Now stir in the chocolate chips, pecans and salt. Spoon into balls on cookie sheet, flatten with a fork and bake for 8–10 minutes.

Simone Grandmain is an internationally published travel and food writer who currently calls Truckee-Tahoe home. She welcomes your recipes, kitchen "must-haves" and food news at simonegrandmain@gmail.com.