preparation time: not long / serves: 24
If you ever want to find a way to use up miniature candy bars from Halloween, candy, or fruits and nuts (or bits of fruitcake even), you can make a basic cookie dough and chop the aforementioned ingredients finely or coarsely (whatever you feel that day :) and Toss them in. Ihave found almost anything works when doing this, just be creative and go from there!!!! Happy Baking!!!
Basic Cookie Dough Recipe:
1/2 cup finely ground Quaker Oats
2 1/4 cupe all purpose flour
1 1/2 Baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, room temp, salted or unsalted, depending on taste
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon juice, either fresh or bottled.
Just blend dry ingredients slowly into wet ingredients and form a nice firmer dough.
Add whatever ingredients you like, BE CREATIVE>>>THERE are no wrong answers here!!! The cookie produced from this dough alone is delicious in and of itself. Some suggestions are:
1)3 cups chocolate chips, 1 1/2 cups walnuts, 1/4 tsp cinnamon
2) leftover spiced or candied pecans or other nuts with candied fruit, or chopped dried fruit, very good!!!
3) leftover snickers mini Halloween bars, or reeses cups, or any leftover miniaturized Halloween candy bars, chopped.
4) peanut butter chips and craisins, or pistachios and craisins...yum!!!
5) chopped peppers (jalapenos) and dark chocolate bars (chopped) or dark chocolate chips
6)macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips or chunks...YUM!!!
7) the Possibilities are truly endless and always a FANTASTIC WAY TO SAVE MONEY AND USE ALL LEFTOVERS!!!! HAPPY BAKING!!!!
Once you mix by hand the added ingredients to the basic cookie dough, just wrap in wax paper and refrigerate overnight to set the dough. Once the dough is set, divide dough into 1/4 cup portions and bake 6 cookies per baking sheet at 350 degrees (the universal baking temperature) for about 15-18 minutes. Always error on the side of underbaked rather than too cripy or hard or overbaked. Cookies will darken more and set up harder when cooled. Once the cookies puff up and slightly begin to brown on the edges, they are done, maybe a minute or 2 longer if you like more carmelized cookies, and always remember...Happy Baking!!!! MUAH!!!!