Tuesday, July 24, 2012

In Recognition of Daryl Dixon: Haymakers

Daryl Dixon's first introduction to the Atlanta Survivor Group came through his drug-addled and racist brother Merle. With Merle's disappearance, Daryl was forced to confront his own feelings and views and make his own stand in the Apocalypse.
Though surprising to some, Daryl proved himself generous and compassionate. And demonstrated that he was his own man; not a carbon-copy of his brother. Though he is not highly educated, he continually makes intelligent observations and is the most suited to survive in this harsh new world.
During his relentless search for Sophia, he revealed to Andrea moments from his neglectful and abusive childhood. Although he may be lacking in certain social graces, Daryl proves on numerous occasions, that his heart is true and his loyalty knows no limits.
When all of the others (including Carol) lose hope in finding Sophia, Daryl refuses to give up. Finding the little girl becomes his personal crusade. And through his dogged efforts, he becomes the man he was always meant to be.
It is with this same transformative spirit that the WDSCB presents Haymaker Cookies. Based on a nauseatingly sweet recipe called Haystack Cookies, these no-bake gems have been reinvented in recognition of Daryl Dixon.
The fine state of Georgia (and Daryl's birthplace) is the nation's largest grower of peanuts (2.2 billion pounds per year) and peanut butter flavors these surprisingly complex treats. Wasabi powder provides an unexpected kick. Just like Mr. Dixon himself, these cookies are a little bit fiery; a little bit sweet; and altogether uncommon.


1 (12 oz)  bag peanut butter chips
3 Tablespoons butter-flavored shortening
2-5 teaspoons wasabi powder*
1 (6 oz) can Chow Mein Noodles

In a medium saucepan or Dutch Oven, heat shortening over low heat (or low embers)  until melted. Stir in wasabi powder (start with 2 teaspoons) until blended. Taste melted mixture carefully. Add more wasabi powder, depending on how fiery you'd like your Haymakers to be. (It is very important to add a little extra shortening to moisten the wasabi powder. Otherwise, the mixture will "seize" and become grainy when the peanut butter chips are added. If this happens, simply add more shortening and stir until smooth.)

Stir in peanut butter chips and melt carefully, stirring often. Remove mixture from heat and stir in Chow Mein noodles in two additions stirring after each addition. The noodles are very easily broken so stir carefully.

Using a tablespoon, drop mixture onto a greased cookie sheet to form "haymakers." Let harden at room temperature and enjoy.

*Alternately, if you are unable to scavenge wasabi powder,  you may use cayenne. Start with 1/8 teaspoon and add more to taste if you wish.

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