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.

I add in
a handful of raisins to make Raisin cookies, or a handful of plain M&M's to make M&M cookies.
(raisin cookies are MY favorite option)

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

together sugar and butter.

egg, vanilla, salt and soda.

add flour and oatmeal.

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)
in 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.


These are always a hit anytime they are made!

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