Monthly Archives: February 2014

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cookies

My little brother is across the country doin’ his thang in the navy. But it’s almost his birthday, and I needed to bake him something, so I had to mail it!

I have sent him brownies in the past, but I figured cookies share better and can be transported more easily, so I wanted to bake him up some cookies this time.

I thought about it for WEEKS trying to come up with something fun and awesome for him, and I couldn’t decide what to make that would be both new and awesome and woo his heart over. (Although as long as it has sugar it’s really not all that hard to do.)

In the end I decided since I couldn’t decide on a flavor, I would just do as many as I could. I made him Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cookies.

Never heard of them? Well, as the name suggests, there are a lot of different flavors and textures mixed into these!

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cookies –¬†adapted from my Perfect M&M Cookies recipe

Ingredients:

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter

2 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup each: chocolate chips, oats, coarsely chopped pretzels, broken up potato chips

(You can really add anything you want here. Mix up the salty and sweet!)

Directions:

1. Beat together sugars and butter. Add eggs and vanilla, scraping the sides of the bowl down halfway through.

2. Add salt, baking soda, and baking powder, then slowly add the flour.

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3. Now it’s time to choose what you want to mix into these cookies! I chose chocolate chips, oats, pretzels, and potato chips. If I had nuts then I would’ve added those too. Other fun ideas – cheese crackers, cranberries, candy bits, yogurt raisins…

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4. Mix the fix-ins in by hand. I did the potato chips last because I didn’t want to over-crush them.

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5. Refridgerate the dough overnight. This part suuuuucks. But seriously, it melds the flavors together so much better. Do it. Plus, cold dough is easier to work with.

6. Make tablespoon sized balls of dough, then squash them flat with the bottom of a drinking glass.

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7. Bake for 10 minutes at 350*. When they come out they will look all puffy…

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8. …then once they cool (let them cool on the pan) they will flatten out and set up.

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My brother loved them! And didn’t even know they had potato chips in them until I told him. Haha…

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Crab Claw Cookies

Every year I bake sugar cookies for the crab feed at my mother-in-law’s church. They host a dessert live auction. My silly grandpa-in-law bids on (and wins) them every year. Haha…

I do something different every time. You can see the past years’ cookies here and here.

This year I was stumped for an idea. UNTIL I went to another crab feed and saw these adorable headbands the volunteers were wearing. They looked something like this. I immediately knew what I was going to make and which cutter I was going to use.

Here is my sketch… Do you recognize the cutter?! It’s a Christmas light bulb!

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I outlined with a thick black line (buttercream)…

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…then filled them in with a dark bright red.

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These couldn’t be any easier. Which worked out well for baking with a tiny baby in the house. More time for snuggles!

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