Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies

What to make when you don't have a lot of much of anything? After adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that {...okay a little more of  "that"  because I like "that"}... I present my very own

Seriously though, I resorted to a degree of improvisation this time to come up with this dough.  And all be it, these are healthier ingredient choices, they've got to taste good together {it was more or less a gamble at this point...call it a cookie and they'll eat it right?}  Just don't go too far, the kids and husband {after all he's known to be quite smart} will catch on if you start serving green cookies with spinach and broccoli in them, and no; you can't even pass these off at St.Patties Day or Halloween no matter how far you dice, or puree the veggies!

Honestly, I didn't have much of anything to make any sort of specific cookie, just a lot of small quanities remaining to choose from so I opted to throw them all together! ...Along with some other stuff to bulk it up, add some sweetness a little texture and less guilt when I decidely opt to eat more than the average two accompanied by a tall glass of milk.

Here's what you'll need - and don't get fancy on the measuring; as I said earlier it was "a little bit of this and a little bit of that"...

In a large mixing bowl incorporate everything:  Go on, all at once now...

1 1/3 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp each - baking soda & baking powder
1 c. quick cooking oats (OR Special K 5 grain cereal is really good too for extra crunch or any other flake cereal you have on hand)
3/4.  chocolatey sweetness (my choice...chocolate chips, but you could also use rainbow sprinkles, spitz chocolate coated sunflower seeds etc.)
1/3 - 1/2 c. raisins (they're little, so we went long)
1/2 c. finely diced apple chunks, peel on
1/3 c. medium shredded coconut
1/2 c. unpacked yellow sugar (brown sugar)
1/2 c. granulated white sugar

Then, throw in 1 large egg {shell off, you know what I mean don't get cheeky now}
If it is too dry, add in second egg.
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. warmed (but not melted) butter or margarine (or peanut butter).

Mix it all together, Now here's the part the kids love-  knead it together with your hands, get messy, get mucky to incorporate everything.  Roll  the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet about 2-3 inches apart for 12-15 minutes or until golden at 350 degrees F.

Cool for 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool down the rest of the way. 

{I rotate my sheets around in my oven, top to bottom and spin them around too to even out baking...you can't tell me that your oven doesn't have a favorite hot spot destination?}

You should end up with a deliciously moist cookie.  Our batches yielded between 24-28 cookies.



  1. Sounds yummy! I'm gonna try these! Maybe you should bring them over! LOL!

  2. They're cooking right now.... Or is that baking? Either way they are forming in the oven right now!