Kitchen Sink Cookies and an Award

Kitchen Sink Cookies

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)!

Cookie Chunk Chocolate

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.

Cookie Add-Ins

Final Mix

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.

Oven Ready Cookies

Darn One broke & I Needed to Eat It

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 😉 )

  1. 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).
  2. I have recently restarted ballet classes after decades away and I absolutely love them. I’m still waiting to lose weight from this …
  3. 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.
  4. I am insanely fond of cheese and have been to the American Cheese Society conference (read “Cheese Bacchanal”) three times.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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).

  1. Freeda
  2. Grace
  3. Angela
  4. Claire
  5. Inherchucks
  6. Tracy
  7. Agatha
  8. Angela
  9. Tammy
  10. OysterCulture
  11. Louise
  12. Yummychunklet
  13. Rachel
  14. Mikalee
  15. Alyssa

Take a peek and enjoy!

31 thoughts on “Kitchen Sink Cookies and an Award

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      You deserve it. I tried to track my CSA boxes online as an earlier blogger and failed so I am looking forward to participating with you (and enjoying those early box previews now!)

  1. promenadeplantings

    Cookies, new to me blogs to read, an award and a great read – a bumper post 🙂 Lovely and thank you for thinking of me Inger. So another IT girl 😉 I still do a bit of work – one of life’s dull necessities but every now and then it’s great to take a back seat.

  2. Angela/Soap Mom's Kitchen

    Congratulations on your award and thank you for the nomination. Those cookies look fabulous with all those scrumptious goodies in them. I have to try them.

  3. Tammy

    Your cookies are amazing. I also never make them but am inspired by your good writing. Thanks so much for the award.

  4. LouAnn (@OysterCulture)

    Thank you so much for the award, and how nice to know some more facts about you. I can vouch that those cookies are delicious – I read the ingredients and proportions in amazement, as I grew up with practically the same cookies, we do not use the wholewheat flour, but that’s about to change, and loved them. My husband hints none too subtly that I can always make them. Tasty and delicious!

  5. yummychunklet

    Aw! Thanks so much for passing the award onto me! It’s always an honor to receive an award from a blog I read all the time! And, your kitchen sink cookies look great. I need to do a pantry clean-out recipe soon!

  6. EverydayMaven

    Thank you for the award! What a nice treat to come home to from my vacation!! Those cookies look awesome – I like “kitchen sink” anything!

  7. earthmamasworld

    Thank you so much, I am fairly new to the blogging world and this is my first award 🙂 I cannot wait to try your cookies…I may have to use all of the dehydrated grapes we just made! I am off to pass this honor on. Thank you for your wondeful recipes, your comments, and support!!

  8. earthmamasworld

    Thank you so much for this award, it is my first! I cannot wait to try your cookies…I may have to use all of the dehydrated grapes that we just made. Again, thank you for your support through comments and this award. Now off to think of 7 things about me to share 🙂

  9. Freeda Baker Nichols

    I thought I had thanked you for the award nomination but I guess it was placed somewhere else on my blog. I’m new at this. I appreciate the award. I’m still learning about blogging. The cookies look delicious. I still want to try the rutabaga recipe. Our market did not have any rutabagas when I looked for them. 🙂

  10. Inger Wilkerson

    I thought you had sent a thank you too so maybe it is somewhere else. If you have trouble finding a rutabaga, you could try in fall. I did wonder if that would have been a better time to post the recipe since most people have already eaten all of last year’s harvest. Perhaps I’ll need to work on a reminder then!

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