Friday, May 28, 2010

Back to Basics!

"Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap".
Barbara Jordan

I'm always fascinated to see how other people do things in regards to cooking, baking and recipes. I work with several people who have a recipe for raisin cookies, a recipe for oatmeal cookies, a recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

I'm kind of boring in this regard because I use the SAME recipe for all of these. I have one BASIC recipe that I use and then I just add in extra things to give it variety and spice it up a bit.

I was cleaning out my pantry and food storage room a few weeks ago and came across a bag that had a few JuJu Bunnies left over from Easter in it and so I chopped them up into small pieces and added them to my oatmeal cookie dough and made
"Gumdrop Cookies".

I came across
8 miniature "Hershey's Special Dark" bars in our food storage room...

cut them into chunks
and made "Chocolate Chunk" cookies.
 
For some reason, when I make up these cookies they are very much enjoyed!
 Who would have thunk,
that basic Oatmeal cookies with a
handful
of dried Cherries,
a handful of Raisins
about 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
and about an 1/8 cup of white chocolate chips would be such a hit.
WOW, talk about a delicious cookie!

Can also add in a handful of M&M's for M&M's cookies. 

The "sky is the limit"
to the possibilities for this recipe.

HELPFUL TIP...
I used to buy Quick Oats just for my cookie recipes, but I ran out one day and so I just added in "Old Fashioned Oats" and beat the dough a little bit longer to break up the oatmeal and it turned out perfectly and I haven't bought a box of Quick Oats, since I tried that experiment.

It makes
rotating my food storage easier, because I just only buy Steel Cut Oats for Breakfast and then Old Fashioned Oats for all of my other baking needs.

Kimmie's Cookies
1 cube REAL butter

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ cups unbleached flour
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats (enough to make a nice dough)

½ teaspoon soda

¼ teaspoon salt

(add in your choice of chocolate chips, chocolate/butterscotch chips mixed, M&M’s, raisins, or Gumdrops cut into little pieces)


Cream
together sugar and butter.

Add
egg, vanilla, salt and soda.

Then
add flour and oatmeal.

Then
add in chocolate chips, M&M’s, raisins or gumdrops.
Mix well
Roll into balls and put on greased cookie sheet. (if dough is a little sticky, roll into balls and then put in the fridge to chill for 3-4 minutes before baking)
Bake
in 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

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These are always a hit anytime they are made!
Enjoy!!

2 comments:

Connie said...

A great recipe, for sure! I love the way you take bits and pieces and turn them into something wonderful. I probably would throw the juju bears away but you know how to stretch that dollar and make something delicious for your family to eat! Good for you!

Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!

Garden of Egan said...

OK! That's it!
I officially have got to quit coming over to your blog!!!
I am getting fatter and fatter every day!
Sheesh Kimmie.

Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Now I gotta go and get cooking. I swear you are gonna be the death of my dreams of being a size 0.