By Jason Weber
As NFL Films producers, we’re lucky to be able to take part in experiences with football players and celebrities that most fans dream of – it’s almost like we’re kids in a candy store. In the case of the work on our film “WARREN MOON: A FOOTBALL LIFE”, it’s more like kids in a cookie store.
While starting to research Warren’s story we found out that his mother, Pat, felt it was important that he and his six sisters learn how to cook. For Warren, the food of choice was cookies and by high school, baking chocolate chip cookies became a ritual the night before football games.
After college, he decided that football wasn’t the only profession where he’d turn pro. While playing with the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL, Warren opened the first W. Moon’s Chocolate Chippery. He brought the successful chain with him to Houston before selling the franchise to Mrs. Fields in 1986.
For this film, we thought it was time Warren dusted off his apron and baked some of his famous chocolate chip cookies. With the help of his son Ryken, he baked for us his secret cookie recipe. As you’ll see below, Warren’s key ingredient to help achieve an especially tasty cookie is a cup of oats. Also included, a Spotify playlist to help channel your inner-Moon while baking.
Now, what are the ingredients to Warren Moon’s recipe for a Hall of Fame-worthy 22-year professional football career? You’ll have to watch “Warren Moon: A Football Life,” tonight at 9pm on the NFL Network to find out.
Warren Moon’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
- 1 ½ cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup Quaker Oats
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp salt
- ¾ cup of baker’s sugar
- ¾ cup of dark brown sugar
- 2 sticks of butter (softened)
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 oz)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In one small bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt
- In a larger bowl, mix the vanilla, butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition (do not overmix).
- Gradually beat in flour mixture into the larger bowl. Once mixed, stir in the chocolate chips.
- Drop rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Extra time to develop in Canada is optional.
“Warren Moon: A Football Life” was produced by Jason Weber and Ryan Kelly. The film premieres Friday, October 3, 2014 at 9pm/ET on the NFL Network.