I am not a frequent cookie baker, but I got inspired to make these cookies by a fellow blogger, who I am honoring (with others) below. Tammy “Agrigirl” wrote about not wasting food and I it made me feel guilty about a gallon jar of dates that I have had sitting around for years (literally). I had planned to make date bars last December but …. well, we all know how busy the holidays get!
In addition I recently bought 25 lbs of organic currants. I have a currant bread recipe that I love and we enjoy currant scones so they are a staple here. Problem is, organic currants are hard to find and can be expensive, so I economized by buying bulk. But 25 lbs is a lot of currants (like six gallon jars)!
So… today it was Kitchen Sink Cookies to the rescue! These tasty treats have lots of “add-ins” that you can tailor to suit your mood–or leftovers. I even chunked up some old chocolate Easter bunnies instead of buying new chocolate chips.
When the cookies were baked, I was proud to have saved some food from the compost bin (or worse). And since my kids think they don’t get enough desserts in the first place, there was much joy in our house!
Kitchen Sink Cookies
Makes about 18, so double the recipe if you are hungry!
- 1/2 cup (one stick) of butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips, or 3.5 oz chocolate bar (or bunny), chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- 1 cup dried fruit of your choice, chopped if needed (mix and match raisins, dried cranberries, dates, dried coconut, etc)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray two baking sheets.
- Cream together the butter and both sugars in a large bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla.
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Then, stir in oats and your selected add-ins.
- Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough, 2 inches apart, on the prepared baking sheets, flattening slightly.
- Bake the cookies until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
Finally I’d like to thank Choc Chip Uru from Go Bake Yourself for giving me the Versatile Blogger award. She is a teenage blogger from Australia with savvy beyond her years! Looking for some interesting miscellany or a sweet treat? You have to visit!
The award comes with some stipulations as follows. You must:
- Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you
- Tell 7 things about yourself
- Nominate 15 bloggers and let them know
My kids tell me that I am the world’s most boring mother but here are seven facts anyway (try not to fall asleep )
- I spent 30 years as an IT professional—and occasionally think about going back. If only I weren’t having so much fun with “Mom” activities like seeing my kids’ shows six times, baking for special events, and running to school with forgotten items (ok maybe not that).
- I have recently restarted ballet classes after decades away and I absolutely love them. I’m still waiting to lose weight from this …
- My maternal grandparents came to the US from Denmark just before the Depression and I make Aebleskivers (Danish pancake balls) for sleepover breakfasts and brunches.
- I am insanely fond of cheese and have been to the American Cheese Society conference (read “Cheese Bacchanal”) three times.
- I am trying to revive my college French by watching the French News on cable television. I am not good enough to translate but I do get the gist of the story and I’m improving. The difference in coverage between that and American news is quite astounding.
- I joined my first CSA 17 years ago and now am in two CSAs and two buying clubs. In addition, each year I buy a lamb, a quarter of beef, pork and chickens from local farmers . To support this “habit,” we own three freezers (not always all plugged in).
- I’ve been invited on a really cool sounding bloggers cheese tour the beginning of June—stay tuned for the post!
Here are the 15 bloggers (in no particular order) that I’ve selected to bestow this award on. They are savvy cooks, talented photographers, green-thumbed gardeners and brilliant (homespun, witty or bitingly clever) writers whose posts I regularly enjoy. Some of them have received it before, but I like their blogs so much I thought they deserved it again (perhaps they can skip the formalities if it is a re-award).
- Freeda freedanichols.wordpress.com
- Grace asoutherngrace.blogspot.com
- Angela earthmamasworld.com
- Claire promenadeplantings.wordpress.com
- Inherchucks inherchucks.com
- Tracy seasonsflow.wordpress.com
- Agatha lifestyleinc.wordpress.com
- Angela soapmomskitchen.com
- Tammy agrigirl.wordpress.com
- OysterCulture oysterfoodandculture.com
- Louise monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com
- Yummychunklet yummychunklet.wordpress.com
- Rachel lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean
- Mikalee mikaleebyerman.wordpress.com
- Alyssa everydaymaven.com
Take a peek and enjoy!