Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies

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Author Notes: Shakespeare proclaimed music the food of love, but in our family, it’s cookies. From the time my daughter could climb up on a stool and stir chocolate chips into batter, we baked. We created baking experiments for her science projects, and baked cookies and cakes for dinner parties and school functions. My stepsons married women who are both accomplished bakers. Blended families can be...complicated... but baking is the language of our family connection--- chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, brownies, meringues--… a connection that often feels like a miracle.

I am the oldest of four children, and we—my two sisters, my brother and I—are as close as people who live in four separate US states can be. We were all together for the Christmas holidays, and my sister Linda and I decided to (what else?) bake cookies.

Linda is a first grade teacher. For Christmas every year, her students give her boxes of candy, bags of pretzels, tins of popcorn. One of her good friends made delicious homemade granola, which we thought would make a great cookie. We decided to make our version of “compost cookies" by adapting a recipe for crispy oatmeal cookies and using some of her leftover snacks and candies. These cookies are fun, flexible, not fancy but really delicious—qualities I try to bring to all my cooking. My brother-in-law David (Linda’s husband) couldn'’t get enough of them, and my husband proclaimed them “best cookies ever.”

This weekend, at my daughter-in-law’s request, I’ll be making them for my grandson’s first birthday party. In our family, cookies make miracles. - drbabs
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Food52 Review: There is a lot to love about this recipe. First of all, it is not bossy. DrBabs gives us the ratios, and then she tells us to pick a salty snack, some candies, some cereal, some sort of nut, and cinnamon or other spices if we are so inclined. I like that. I like that these are pantry cookies because you are sure to have enough this and that to be able to make cookies without a trip to the store. My version had the following; crushed pretzel dipping sticks, a handful of leftover Reeses Pieces, some Ghiardelli semi sweet chips, two granola sample boxes from our last race expo (we don’t really eat granola but they were free!), cinnamon and walnuts. Out of the oven they are chewy with a great sweet and salt combination. After they cool they become the perfect crispy friend to an ice cold glass of milk. The only direction that I flat ignored is in step 3: Restrain yourself from eating the raw cookie dough—that’s just crazy talk. - aargersiaargersi

Makes 24-30 cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 3/4 sticks (7 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granola (or other cereal)
  • 1/2 cup crushed salted pretzel pieces (or other salty snack food)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped chocolate candies, or a small bar of good dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or other nuts, optional
  • (If you don't use nuts, you may want to add more cereal, snacks or chocolate to compensate.)
  • You may want to add a little cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, or whatever you fancy. We didn't because we wanted the taste of the granola to come through.
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl.
  2. In another bowl, beat butter and sugars at medium-low speed until just combined, about 20 seconds. Increase speed to medium and continue to beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute longer. Scrape down bowl with rubber spatula. Add egg and vanilla and beat on medium-low until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape down bowl again.
  3. (For this step you can use a wooden spoon or your mixer on slow speed.) Add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated and smooth. Gradually add granola, pretzels, chocolate and nuts, and mix until well incorporated, ensuring that no flour pockets remain and ingredients are evenly distributed. Restrain yourself from eating the raw cookie dough.
  4. Scoop dough into balls, each about 1 1/2 tablespoons, then roll between palms into balls. Place cookies on prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 1/2 inches apart, 8-12 per sheet. Freeze at least 20 minutes, or refrigerate at least one hour before baking. (They will still spread a lot.)
  5. Bake one sheet at a time until cookies are deep golden brown, 13 to 16 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through. Let cool completely before gently moving cookies to wire rack. They will be fragile, especially on the edges.
  6. If cookies be the food of love, bake on!

Tags: Addictive, Buttery, salty

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13 days ago Kathleen Boston McCune

For those who can't eat eggs because of an allergy of eggs, an egg substitute doesn't work since that is made of egg whites. I too am allergic to eggs and find that 1/10th of a tsp. of guar gum and 1 TBS. of yoghurt or sour cream work in most recipes.

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25 days ago Nishita

Hi! Can you please tell me the substitute for egg? I'm not allowed to use egg! Please revert. Thanks

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24 days ago Jackie

Use an egg substitute. You will find them in the egg case, usually right above the egg cartons.

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about 1 month ago Pattuy

Drbarb, I have a newly diagnosed dieabetic husband...what about all that sugar? Looks yummy! Patty

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30 days ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yup, this really isn't a treat designed for someone who has to limit carbs.

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24 days ago Jackie

Use a sugar substitute like Truvia, which measures exactly like sugar.

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about 1 month ago Tabatha Livingston

I believe the dried cranberries add so much to this as well.

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about 1 month ago kamana

Made these cookies using a mix of several leftover cereals...my grand kids visited and all like different cereals and, naturally, I spoil them. For the salty part, I used some party mix stuff. Added dried cranberries and reduced the nuts quantity. Served them to my mahjong sisters (a very critical bunch!).... they all want the recipe!

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about 1 month ago LLLovestoCook

OH THANK YOU! I already love this site, and I signed up two minutes ago. This is definitely going to be my 'go to' cookie recipe. Think I'll rename it my House Cookie...whatever's in the house, goes in the cookie!

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about 1 month ago MaryMary

Anyone have a CRISPY gluten free cookie recipe?

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about 1 month ago onerainiday

Is this particular recipe created for low or high altitude baking?
Would there be adjustments for an elevation of 5280? If so, what might that include? The ingredients will make a nicely flavored cookie.....yum!

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about 1 month ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I've only lived in low altitudes (I created the recipe in New Orleans...below sea level) so I don't know how it would work at 5280, sorry. If you try it, please let us know how it turned out.

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3 months ago Alexis

I ended up trying them in a greased muffin tin. They came out chewier which the way I like them. You just have to watch your cooking time. They were yummy!

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3 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Great to know--thanks.

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3 months ago Alexis

How would these turn out if I made them as a sheet to be cut into bars?

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3 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I don't know--please let us know if you try that!

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3 months ago Tabatha Livingston

awesome cookies....wish I could upload the pic, but my camera on phone is broken.I baked two different batches of these and didn't have enough nuts so I had some dried cranberries and uhhhh AWESOME!!!!

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3 months ago Tanya

The photo is what caught my attention. The cookies look amazing and the recipe was humorous and good. Cookies taste delicious. And for the person who commented about the cookie sheet...do you cook? That looks like the well used cookie sheet of a baker. Thanks for the recipe.

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3 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So glad you liked them. I agree with you about the cookie sheet. That's what mine looks like, too.

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3 months ago melanie

It may be a community pick but the cookie sheet looks totally disgusting! Presentation is everything! IJS

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2 months ago kasia S.

Not at all, it's rustic home cooking that means using real pans. I think the picture looks great, real cooks cook like this.

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about 1 month ago Kathie M.

Looks like a well used,seasoned and loved cookie sheet to me. Looks like home cooking.

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about 1 month ago miss_msry

I now always use parchment paper because my cookie sheets look just like this.

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3 months ago Anne Jennings

can I use oats instead of granola?

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3 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

yes! i hope you enjoy them.

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3 months ago Sheryl

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy ... I've Got Love in My Tummy. Anyone remember that tune from the way past? Thank you for the lovely New Year's Day awesomely addictive and salty/sweet recipe, Wow! The best to an excellent cook for concocting the recipe for all of these family smiles ... Sheryl

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3 months ago Himanshu A. Jadav

Just signed up and received Addictive, Buttery, Salty reward. It is just as the name suggests Magical Marvelous Memorable. Thanks a lot. And Happy New Year..

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3 months ago Jackie

Just found this site................... I plan on being on this one often if all recipes are this fantastic!!!!!!!

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3 months ago MartyM

Just made these today -- wow! These are the best cookies ever. I followed the recipe to a T and used Sweet Farms Honey Nut granola in them. I can't believe how good these are -- and the cookie dough is pretty fabulous too.

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3 months ago Jean Francois Tchaly

goog sttuf...

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4 months ago Caryl

I just signed up and my reward for signing up is this recipe. I already love this site just for rewarding me to this recipe. Thank you, Happy New Year and may we all be as sweet, a little salty, a bit nutty and as buttery as this cookie.

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4 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks you, and happy new year to you as well.