Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kitchen Sink Cookie Recipe

I threw together a nice little recipe for you guys today. It starts with a chocolate chip cookie base and gets interesting from there. I call them Kitchen Sink Cookies, not because of the amount of dishes, but because they can have anything and everything in them...but the Kitchen Sink. Just raid your pantry for things that look good together and let's make some cookies!

-First make your base, this is a plain cookie dough.

3/4 cup brown sugar packed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup of butter (melted, this is important)
2 large eggs
1 good splash of Vanilla or Almond extract (or whatever you'd like to add to the mix ins)
1tsp baking soda dissolved in 1tsp hot water (again important!!!)
2 1/4 cup white or wheat flour
1tsp salt

- Mix together the sugars and butter, then add each ingredient after in order, mixing thoroughly between. There's your base. Now, we get creative!

The one I made today has
3/4 cup mini semi sweet chips
1/2 cup slow cook oats
1/2 cup crushed up walnuts
1 jar of maraschino cherries, brutally chopped

And I call them Nutty Chocolate Cherry Cookies, you can divide the dough up into different batches and experiment with ingredients. Check out some suggestions at the bottom. Make sure to keep track of what you made in which batch so if you like them you can recreate them! The dough will loook runny, that's expected, just keep going.

-Preheat the oven to 375 and stick the cookie dough in the fridge to firm up while you wait for the oven to preheat. By the time that's done the dough should be firm enough to scoop. I love my pampered chef cookie scoop for this.

-Cook for 8-12 min. Depending on your ingredients the cooking times may change so be watchful. The Nutty Chocolate Cherry cookies took about 12 min on a dark pan and made approx 2 dozen cookies. They spread out too, so give them lots of room to grow. Remove and let cool and Enjoy!

Some other ideas could be:

-smushed up banana and peanut butter and chocolate chips
-strawberry jam and peanuts
-mint extract, chocolate chips and nuts
-dried fruit and nuts
-caramel chips, chocolate chips, oats, nuts
-coconut shreds, chocolate chips, nuts
-m&m's or other candy, coconut, chips, nuts

Please post if you used the recipe and what you made! I love getting new ideas!

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