Month: December 2019

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies

If you’re anything like me, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of baking and cooking. I’ve used a little of this and a lot of that. My pantry now has an overflow of half empty bags of chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, dried fruit and nuts. I have a little bit of caramel sauce left and just a few marshmallows. I made oatmeal cookies and don’t have enough left over for even a full bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.

That is where these cookies come in handy. You’ve probably seen similar recipes for Cowboy Cookies. To be honest that’s where these started. Then I realized  could throw any extra ingredients in and they’d be fantastic. Kitchen Sink Cookies were born.

So now that the year is in it’s final countdown, go through your pantry and pull out anything you have leftover and throw them in these cookies. Get creative and shout out to me what you do. You know I love other from you.

Oh and don’t forget to get social. Head over to Instagram and follow me @Diaryofalostchef. Thanks!!

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies
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The best cookies to make when using up leftover goodies.
Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies
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The best cookies to make when using up leftover goodies.
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Cookies for Breakfast (or Bars)

We just came through Thanksgiving and I know I am FULL! I’m really trying hard to not gain weight this year, through the holidays.

I love the idea of grabbing a granola bar or something quick, in the morning. The problem is that a lot of the commercial bars you can get at the grocery store are really high in calories, fat or sugar. I made this recipe the first time and it was too dry to “slice and bake”, as I wanted.  I pressed it into a sheet pan and made it into bars.  They were good, maybe a little dry but good. I added a 1/2 cup of applesauce and got the moisture I was looking for. This made a perfect cookie.

I hope you enjoy this quick breakfast recipe and don’t gain any weight during the holidays!

Cookies for Breakfast (or Bars)
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Cookies for Breakfast (or Bars)
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Beat Butter, honey and salt until creamy. Add flour, baking soda and vanilla and beat until blended. Add applesauce until just combined.
  2. Fold in dried fruit and nuts. I used apricots and walnuts but you can choose your own combination. How about cherries and almonds? Go tropical with dried pineapple and macadamia nuts.
  3. Shape dough into a log. I like a bigger cookie, so a larger roll is better. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Slice 1/2" cookies and bake on silpat or parchment paper, lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. You can also make these into bars, follow all the same directions, but press dough into a 9X13 pan or 1/4 sheet pan, lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown. It shouldn't take more than the same 20 minutes. Cool and then cut into 12 - 14 bars.
  5. Stir together sugar and juice until desired glaze consistency. Drizzle over cookies or bars when completely cooled.
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