Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Want a cookie that has practically everything going for it? These handfuls of chocolatey/nutty/fruity goodness are actually good for you, too. They're adapted from a cookie recipe that's supposedly from Mrs. Fields. I don't think so, but I experimented some more, then served up the results to the Brick while he was absorbed in the Broncos game. Only a few minutes later, he yelled, "These cookies are TERRIFIC! What's in them?"

Hey, if they can compete successfully with Tim Tebow, that's saying something around here. 

(because they can contain everything but the...)

Turn your oven on to 375 degrees. Mix together in a very big bowl:

2 cups butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
5 eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla
4 cups flour  (heaping measures, if you live in higher altitudes)
5 cups oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

The easiest way to deal with this pile of ingredients is to wash your hands and dig right in. (A mixer works, too, but you can work out a lot of issues by just squeezing and punching this dough.) Mix thoroughly, taking special care to break up the butter and evenly distribute it through the dough. The dough will be somewhat grainy. (Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of water if it seems too dry.)

Look through your cupboards. Is there fruit going to waste? How about a leftover chocolate bar, or a handful of walnuts? Any of these are fair game for this recipe, including raisins, chopped dried apricots, chopped-up candy, chopped nuts, etc. You'll need approx. 4 cups of chocolate (chocolate chips, chopped bars, etc.), 2 cups of nuts and 1 1/2 cups of dried fruit.  My version used chocolate chips, smashed-up almonds, dried cranberries...and the crushed leftovers from a box of Trader Joe windmill cookies.

Mix these extras into the cookie dough. Shape fist-sized balls; approx. 6-8 will fit on your ungreased cookie sheet. Bake approx. 15 min., or until the cookies are slightly flattened and turning brown on the top and bottom. Shovel off, let cool...and try to restrain yourself from eating a dozen or two.

Makes approx. 3 dozen large cookies. 


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