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It seems that Cindy McCain just can't help herself. Almost two months after getting caught lifting food recipes and calling them her own, Ms. McCain has gotten caught with her hand in the figurative cookie jar.

The victim this time: An 'effing cookie recipie!

Some background:

Call it the sweet side of politics -- for the last four presidential elections, we've asked the candidates' spouses to share their favorite cookie recipe, then asked readers to vote for the best. So far your ballots have been spot-on predictors of who'll end up in the White House. As a voter, is the way to your heart through your stomach? You tell us.

Let's see Cindy's recipe:

Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies

Ingredients

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
1-2/3 cups butterscotch chips

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degree F.
  1. In a large bowl beat the butter or margarine, granulated sugar and brown sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating well.
  1. In a medium-size bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; stir until blended. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  1. Bake at 375 degree F for 10 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

So who does Cindy say she got this recipe from? Quote: "The recipe came from a good friend."

It now appears that this 'good friend' is the Hershey Corporation:

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Ingredients:
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick-cooking or regular rolled oats, uncooked
1-3/4 cups (11-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Butterscotch Chips
Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  1. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  1. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips; mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  1. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

Really, Cindy, **really**? After getting caught pilfering recipes not more than two months ago, you're at it again? She should be disqualified from this contest! Actually, she should be disqualified from being first lady, but I'll take the embarrassment of getting caught stealing recipes again for now. To end, I'll leave you with this fitting scene from 'Friends'.

Update: Read the comments at the website. They are ripping her to shreds!

willo11 wrote:
DISQUALIFIED!
6/15/2008 4:18 PM CDT

Armo wrote:
I've used this very same recipe right off the back of Hershey's Butterscotch Chips Bag. Cindy wasn't very original in coming up with this recipe, was she? Is copying someone else's recipe plagarisim? Prolly not since she forgot to mention Hershey's in the ingredients list.
6/15/2008 4:03 PM CDT

The truth police wrote:
Who is Cindy's friend? Hershey's Website.. Cause her recipe and Hershey's recipe are basically one in the same... This is like the second or third time she has plagerized recipes... Will this woman ever learn

Originally posted to turneresq on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 05:57 PM PDT.

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