Monday, August 15, 2011

Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Cookies

I realize I have many cookie recipes on this blog. Cookies are an instant reward type of cooking. Within 30 minutes I have a warm delicious treat. This recipe comes from the cookbook Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O'Conner, [Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth]. I read cookbooks like others read novels so I like information, background stories, tips, I want more than just recipes. I'm happy to say this cookbook is a great read.
This recipe was declared by hubby as 'The Best Cookie You Have Ever Made'. So try it and let me know what you think.

Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Cookies
3 Cups Walnut or Pecan Haves
2 Cups (4 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
2 Cups firmly packed Dark Brown Sugar
2 Cups Granulated Sugar
4 Large Eggs
4 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
4 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
4 Cups Crisped Rice or Crispy Rice Flakes Cereal such as Rice Krispies or Special K
2 Cups Sweetened Shredded Coconut
4 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
3 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the Walnut Halves on a baking sheet and toast, stirring occasionally, until browned and fragrant, 6 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool completely. Chop coarsely.
In bowl of mixer at medium speed cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. beat in the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt, add to creamed mixture to form a soft dough.
In a large bowl mix together the toasted nuts, rice cereal, coconut, oats and chocolate chips. Using a large wooden spoon combine mixtures. This takes a little patience and a strong arm.
Using a medium Pampered chef scoop place cookie on parchment lined sheets. Flatten balls slightly with two wet fingers.Bake until the edges of the cookie are light brown and crisp but the centers of the cookie are still soft and a little puffy. About 12 minutes. Cool cookies on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
I made half the recipe and got about 4-5 dozen nice size cookies. If you want to make the whole recipe be sure you have huge mixing bowl. She also said cookies can be portioned by 1/4 cup and baked about 15 minutes.
This really is a yummy cookie. I think toasting the nuts adds so much flavor and crunch to an already yummy cookie. I also toasted the coconut for a few minutes.
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Abby said...

Love the title of this recipe. The cookies look delish!

Candise said...

I think these MUST go on my to-do list today! Yum.

Kayte said...

I'm collecting cookie recipes so I can bake them and send them with Matt or to Matt at college this year, so you cannot possibly have too many cookie recipes on this blog! These are going on the list. He leaves Sunday...yikes, where did this summer go?? The cookies look just wonderful and I know he will love them.

AudreyO said...

These are yummy. We actually throw in M&Ms also.

Unknown said...

These will have to go on my must-try list. They look irresistible. I'm seeing so many tempting treats from that cookbook...hmmm...

Unknown said...

wow, there ARE just about everything but the kitchen sink!! I can't wait to make a batch!

Nedra said...

oh, I think I need a cookie right now!
I used to make a simular recipe when the kids were smaller, and these look even better.

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

These look AMAZING! I would LOVE it if you shared this recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow!

I hope to see you there!

Katrina said...

Those do look great. I love cookies like this that use up all the leftovers in my cupboard!

Ali said...

Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I'd love for you to link up again :)

Tabby Panda said...

Yummy cookies. I love the combination of the nuts and the coconuts. Will really have to try this version. Why is the name kitchen sink?

Rose Romantic said...

thank you for sharing the recipe with us! I will definitely try them out! The name convinced me to try them out!

Candise said...

These are in the oven right now Mom - wish you were here to enjoy one with me!

Amber @ said...

I love the idea of a kitchen sink cookie! Very creative! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays!