Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies

By • January 1, 2011 • 179 Comments



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!
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Tags: Addictive, Buttery, salty

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22 days ago Mukhwana Kenneth

mouth flooding...!

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about 1 month ago Alex Simons

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about 1 month ago NellyBell

I've made these twice now and they are amazing. I skipped the nuts (because my husband doesn't like them) so upped the pretzel and granola. Everyone loves them. I'm thinking about trying them with Cap'n Crunch and Fritos.

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2 months ago Cherie L. Bachorski

Starlene, Hey there! First off, wanted to say what a pretty name!
Yes, it was an excellent cookie recipe! I*m going to take a run, with your "tweak's! I like the 2 stick*s of butter (I cannot ever get enough). FOOD52 has some excellent recipe's!

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2 months ago starleen

Perfect! I love this recipe! I wanted a crispy, buttery, slightly dense cookie that wasn't super sweet, and these have become my go to cookie recipe. I have made these three times in two weeks! The recipe is very flexible and you could tweak it in infinite ways. I increased the butter to two sticks, only used dark brown sugar and reduced it to one cup, and increased the salt by half a teaspoon. I used honey almond coconut granola, Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chips, and big pieces of walnuts. I know, not adventurous at all, but a decadent spin on a beloved classic. I can't wait to try other ingredients--white chocolate chips, lemon zest, almonds? Dried cherries and pistachios? Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

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2 months ago Cherie L. Bachorski

Yummy! Makes my mouth water, just looking! Thanx!

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3 months ago Brooke

These look fabulous. I love this site. I love the look of these cookies and my kids are gonna love eating them.

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3 months ago paige

Does anyone know if I would be able to freeze the cookie dough for

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3 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm not sure what the end of your question was, but you can definitely freeze the dough in a ziplock bag (squeeze as much air out as you can) for at least a couple if weeks.

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3 months ago Laura

I just made these cookies for the 1st time today and they are simply amazing. I used honey-almond granola, pretzel pieces and chopped Heath Bar - along with some cinnamon for an extra hit of flavor. I took the suggestion of creaming the butter and sugar together for 6-7 minutes to produce a fluffier cookie and I refrigerated them for 30 minutes prior to baking. They did not spread too much and had a flavor to die for ... This recipe is definitely one of my new favorites! Thank you!!

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3 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Laura, I'm so happy you liked them. Thank you for letting me know.

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3 months ago Bignanc

I didn't have any salty snacks so I used some quinoa flakes - actually used too much 1 cup instead of ½ cup and thought they wouldn't
be as good. But they turned out thicker and were crisper when they cooled. They were excellent. Next time I might try with a mix of butter and coconut oil.

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3 months ago lama

as an egg substitute, i use trader joe's flax seed meal. mix one tablespoon with three tablespoons of water, and let it sit a few minutes. i've used it in batter breads with success, and in these cookies (: they don't lend to rising, but work for keeping things together just fine. i wouldn't suggest using it for recipes which require more than a couple eggs, or for those whose serving sizes are sizeable.. the flax seed gets your insides goin' (in a healthy way).

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4 months 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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4 months 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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4 months ago Jackie

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

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4 months ago Pattuy

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

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4 months 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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4 months ago Jackie

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

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5 months ago Tabatha Livingston

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

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5 months 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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5 months 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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5 months ago MaryMary

Anyone have a CRISPY gluten free cookie recipe?

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5 months 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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5 months 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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6 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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6 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Great to know--thanks.

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6 months ago Alexis

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

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6 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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6 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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7 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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6 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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7 months ago melanie

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

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6 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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5 months ago Kathie M.

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

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5 months ago miss_msry

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

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7 months ago Anne Jennings

can I use oats instead of granola?

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7 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

yes! i hope you enjoy them.

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7 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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7 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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7 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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7 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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7 months ago Jean Francois Tchaly

goog sttuf...

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7 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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7 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

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

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7 months ago lorigoldsby

@Mia...couldn't agree more with you. I'm always surprised when people leave "zingers" in their comments, especially when they enjoyed the recipe. Back when Dr.Babs posted this recipe ....the salty sweet cookie phenomenom was just starting to take off. It was magical to discover how adding an incongruous element actually elevated your finished product.

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7 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, Lori! Happy New Year.

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7 months ago Mia

Wow, nice matters even in recipe comments.

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7 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yes, that is the beauty of Food52--the community.

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7 months ago Paco Taco

Your title is misleading and a waste of my time, I read no "magical" ingredients (as in mind altering). Please be as so kind to choose your choice of words more carefully in the future. Thank you for your time and the cookies were delicious even without magic. :-)

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7 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Paco, I have a personal definition of "magic" that involves the difficulty of forming a blended family, and the "magical" (to me) connection that occurs when everyone loves the same thing--in this case, something as simple as cookies. I'm sorry the title didn't' resonate for you, and I'm glad you enjoyed the cookies. Happy new year.

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7 months ago Kgn8

I found this recipe about 6 weeks ago, & have since made them about 8 times! I don't normally bake (I'm more into savory cooking), but these sounded so scrumptious that I couldn't resist! They're even better than they sound! My (& 3 kids) favorite combination is with oats, choc shavings & salted pretzels. I also roll much smaller balls of dough, so get about 70 per batch, and bake for 9 mins to get a chewy consistency. Love, love, love!!!

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7 months ago Ali

Either way add more butter, I did a second batch with the (too dry) dough previously made. I wedged a slice of butter like a hamburger patty into the hard dough balls and then flattened them with a wooden spoon halfway through cook time. Managed to save half the batch. The taste is there, but I think I will double the butter called for next time. Happy baking!

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7 months ago Mia

Would love to have high altitude baking tips.

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8 months ago Ali

I tried this recipe and the cookies did not flatten out but stayed in balls. I followed measurements to a tee so not sure what went wrong. They tasted amazing but did not look anything like the photo. I would recommend more butter -- and also a more definitive measurement of butter. Sticks is arbitrary.

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7 months ago marianne

One stick of butter is 8 tablespoons, so 3/4 stick is 6 T., which is usually clearly marked on sticks of butter.

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8 months ago Fortune Flores

ooohhhhhhweeeee!! it means a lot to me. Just found you guys and it was lucky for me. I love to cook, (and eat), so want to try all that I can starting with the kettle corn poppers....nice one! Ok am signed on so send me more stuff to try; bye...
su pig, pig suey!

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8 months ago lydia.sugarman

Autumn, it would be a great service if you added the nutrition information in Comments for recipes that catch your eye.

Again, the majority of recipes on Food 52 are from *amateur* home cooks spontaneously sharing our love of food and cooking. They're not tested in commercial kitchens by a staff of nutritionists before submission on the site.

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7 months ago smslaw

I'm not sure what the point of nutrition info is. Cookies are full of fat and sugar and flour and loaded with calories. They aren't a source of anything good for your body. They are, however, good for the soul.

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8 months ago Autumn

First thing I looked for was nutrition information because I have to be careful in what I eat. Is there any way to add that info to recipes?

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6 months ago Simone

There are not going to be any nutritional benefits, and all the ingredients are listed. What could you possibly be looking for in the nutritional information for a cookie? If you could be more specific maybe someone could provide you with the information.

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8 months ago lydia.sugarman

Diane, read the recipe ingredients again...carefully. 1 1/2 cups of flour...clearly listed.

Irene, we are amateur cooks who share recipes. Since nutrition facts are important for you, you'd be providing a great service if you took on the responsibility of breaking recipes down and adding nutrition facts to share with everyone.

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8 months ago Irene Strogish Hesse

No nutrition facts? I actually use and need them.

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8 months ago Diane

How much flour?

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8 months ago Toody3294

I cant wait to try these this Thanksgiving!

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9 months ago Michael P

I first came across these cookies at a friend's and they were damn near perfect. When I tried them, they ended up tasty but they didn't spread and get those nice lacy caramelized edges. I retraced my steps and realized I accidentally used two full sticks of butter. Could this be responsible for the differences?

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9 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Michael, I'd think if it were just the butter, they would have spread more. Did you also increase the flour?

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9 months ago Michael P

That's what I thought, but I didn't make any other changes so I'm stumped. Oven vagaries or something to due with the leavening perhaps? I'll try again and be more careful.

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9 months ago MariahK

Delicious cookies! I love them! I didn't have granola, but a mix of sweetened coconut and old fashioned oats along with pretzels, pecans and chocolate chips did the trick.

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9 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

What a great combination! I'm so glad you liked them.

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9 months ago susan

It would be nice if you offer an option to print these recipes on a 3x5 card or something other than full page

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9 months ago Jennifer

Jennifer says... I'm certainly going to try these!

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9 months ago Nora Grahe

These look very tasty! Love to give them a go! Thank You!

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9 months ago Renee Krassow Griffin

I would love to try these. it looks amazing

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9 months ago Jessica

I tried these!! AMAZING!! Turned out a little weird looking but the taste was better than I had hoped!
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9 months ago Salvegging

Hi all- I'm seeing notes about freezing the baked cookies but does anyone know how all fairs scooping the dough then flash freezing / freezer bagging for baking off in the coming week? I've got granola, chocolate and cashew in my batch.

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9 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

you can do it either way. Sounds like a great combination--enjoy!

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9 months ago lydia.sugarman

I'm one of those people who love Toll House cookies if they don't have chocolate chips in them. So, whenever I see a recipe calling for chocolate, my first thought is whether substituting dried cranberries, raisins, or some other dried fruit will work. In this case, I'd think the answer is yes. Has that been tried yet?

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9 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Well, we're chocoholics in my family, so I tend to add chocolate, rather than substitute something else. But yes, I think dried fruit chopped fine would be good.

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10 months ago marnee robinson

@ Author...looks like a yummy recipe-just the right sweet and salty :) thanks

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10 months ago marnee robinson

@ Brandi For an easy gluten free fix here--try king arthur's or bob's red mill gluten free all purpose flour-takes the guess work out of blending other flours, starch etc. You may need to add more granola (or cereal) or flour, adjust according to taste. And Snyders make gluten free pretzels. Good luck and remember the fun is in experimenting.

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10 months ago Brandi

Is this recipe gluten free compatible? In other words, can I achieve quality results using gluten free substitutions? I was recently diagnosed with Celiacs, it's frustrating to make tasty quality snacks among other things. Thank you in advance!

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10 months ago drbabs

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Brandi, it's a good question and I'm afraid I don't know the answer. Please post your results if you try it.

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9 months ago Jennifer Elmslie

I always just substitute a gluten free flour blend, and I also add a about a half teaspoon of xanthan gum, to give the proper mouth feel and consistency. Hope that helps!

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10 months ago Jodie Miller

ohh my the look of these cookies is just the recipe i have been searching for...they are nice & crispy/crunchy along the edges & soft & gooey in the centre thank for the post =)

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10 months ago Samara Radarte

Why on earth are they so flat?

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10 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

They spread quite a bit--they are meant to be flat and crispy. If you prefer puffy cookies, cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer for 5-7 minutes on high before stirring in the other ingredients.

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10 months ago artist342

I used choc. chips, granola, and crushed pretzels in lesser amounts than called for. Maybe it was my flour?

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10 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Possibly. Maybe you overmixed? They should be crispy but not super dry. I'm sorry this recipe didn't work for you.

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10 months ago artist342

Why did my cookies turn out so dry??? I tried doing different times, and it didn't help.

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10 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh, I'm so sorry. What did you put in them..

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10 months ago tania

hi.... Do you know Enkir flour for cookies??? I've used it....

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10 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm sorry; I don't.

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11 months ago Andrea

I'm now a fan of yours! Not that I have anything against other desserts but there is just something about homemade cookies baking in the oven. I love the variety of ingredients too. (Oh, Tasting Table sent me to visit; this recipe made me a fan.)

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11 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, Andrea! We love cookies in my family, too!

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11 months ago Najwa20

My mom gonna love this recipe. She's really loves cookies. Thanks for sharing

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11 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I hope she does. Have fun!

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11 months ago kawanna

what do yall use

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11 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

What do you mean?

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11 months ago Diane Torres

They sound yummy. Guess I am baking tonight.

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11 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hope they turned out well for you.

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11 months ago MsBestsunshine

They look wonderful! I will make them to share with family, coworkers and friends. Thx so much for this cookie gift! You made my day brighter I promise to only eat three ang share the rest LOL

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11 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Just saw this! I hope everyone liked them!

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12 months ago Scott Manus

Look Amazing!!! Can't wait to try :-)

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12 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, Scott! I hope you enjoy them.

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about 1 year ago Nataleelee

These were amazing! I've had to make them twice in three days. And, everyone who eats them falls in love with them.

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about 1 year ago drbabs

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I'm so happy you like them! Thanks!

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about 1 year ago Chloe8

This is beautiful! The combination of chocolate and pecans, yum... Thank you for the recipe.

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about 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, Chloe! I hope you enjoy them.

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about 1 year ago Mama Jules

Can I omit the 1 tsp of salt and still have it rise properly? Using what I have on hand, salted butter and salted peanut butter pretzel bites, I'd hate to add MORE salt.

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about 1 year ago drbabs

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They don't rise much-- they spread and get crunchy. Yes, you can eliminate the salt. (I like salty sweets.). Hope you enjoy!

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about 1 year ago Carolyn Beale

I love to experiment, this is going to be sooooooooooooooo much funnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. This is how i come up with so many of my recipes................. my friends, & family will go wild for them .

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about 1 year ago drbabs

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Thanks. I hope you all love them as much as we do.

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about 1 year ago Taxlady

Do I measure the pretzels then crush or crush then measure?

Thanks, Nina

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about 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Crush then measure. Hope you enjoy!

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about 1 year ago mward

I can't wait to try this and use my own homemade granola! I have to wait for an occasion, however, or I'll eat them all and it won't be pretty...

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about 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

The first time I made them, my brother in law ate like half a batch. They are addictive.

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about 1 year ago Simply called food

They look so yummy!

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about 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks!

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over 1 year ago Kitchen Butterfly

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum! I've made this severally with totally delicious results!

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over 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm so happy they've worked for you! Thanks for letting me know!

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over 1 year ago Diapotpie

This is a perfect cookie! Delicious made with Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola (I make the granola with less sugar and syrup, as recommended by others) and some pecans.

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over 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, I am so happy that you tried it and liked it.,

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over 1 year ago leighbe

Just made these cookies....really good. I didn't have any granola so i had to skip it. Love the saltiness of the pretzels, used a mix of dark choc and choc chips, and I used a 1/2 cup of whole wheat pastry flour and 1 cup of all purpose. They came out really good!! Great cookie!!

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over 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm so happy you liked them. Thanks for letting me know.

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over 1 year ago VickyD

I just put a batch of dough in the fridge and had to force myself to Step. Away. ....AMAZING!!! I had some granola (oats, seeds, nuts, fruit) from a local shop that I used along with some chopped Green & Black dark chocolate. Can't wait for the results, should make a lovely birthday treat. :) Thank you for the recipe!

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over 1 year ago drbabs

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Hi Vicky. I hope you and your family like them. Happy birthday!

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over 1 year ago JAZM

My family liked these pretty well, liked the salty surprises - but told me that they still prefer the good old fashioned oatmeal, chocolate chip, walnut cookies I always make! I guess they are creatures of habit!
I Love this site - I'm happy to try new things!

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over 1 year ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh well, can't win them all. Thanks for trying them.

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over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Great story--happy birthday to the little one--is there anything better than a Grandparent that bakes? whatever you call them, Granny, Grams, Nonna, Poppa, these wonderful people show us they love us and think we are special by fixing us a special dish--therefor, we must be special...thanks for reminding us.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Thanks, lori! Being a grandparent is so much fun!

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over 3 years ago Oui, Chef

Terrific story, and FABULOUS sounding cookies...into the recipe box they go! -S

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, Steve! I hope you try them!

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

Yum!!!!!!!!!!! my weight watchers resolve just got reworded to WAIT watchers, I'll get back on track after trying these!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Wait watchers, I love that!

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over 3 years ago lastnightsdinner

This sounds like a wonderful combination of sweet, salty, tender, and crunchy - yum.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks!

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

Wonderful story!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Always love your family stories, drbabs! Cookies = love. Great choice!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, baking queen. Still am looking forward to coming up and trying your scones and crack cookies when the weather warms up.

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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What a great headnote and recipe - next time you are in Austin can we bake cookies together please?

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yes, and we'll make gumbo, too!

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over 3 years ago Midge

Cookies are the food of love in my book too. Love your headnote and the recipe sounds killer!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Thanks, Midge.

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over 3 years ago lapadia

This is some "Marvelous Cookie", drbabs! Love the story that goes with them :)

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Thanks, lapadia!

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

What a great connection you all have forged! These do sound delicious.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

I really love reading everyone's head notes describing why they chose this recipe; your version of food love (in the form of cookies) is lovely. Thank you for sharing your story and your recipe.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, gingerroot!

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over 3 years ago MyCommunalTable

Wow! What a great recipe. BravoQ

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you!

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over 3 years ago Bevi

Pretzels, choc. chips and nuts all in one cookie? Who could ask for anything more? I love your story.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks!

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over 3 years ago wssmom

What an amazing family! And recipe!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

LOL...I just read your comment to my husband, and he said, "You should only know!"
(Thanks.)

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

I hope you have talked your sis into joining the fun here - great recipe!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Thanks--we really had fun working on this together. And our niece Georgia was a big help, too!

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over 3 years ago cookinalong

Well, you're the doctor! Sweetened granola it is!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Please let me know how they turn out.

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over 3 years ago cookinalong

These sound delicious! One question...Do you use sweetened or unsweetened granola? I have a recipe for granola (sweetened) that I've been making for years because it became such a family favorite. Other granola-based recipes I've seen, Like Rose Beranbaum's, call for unsweetened granola. Now if I weren't so lazy, I'd make up a batch of my usual granola, sans sweetening, to bake the cookies. But then I'd have left over UNsweetened granola....Hmmm. Any cure for laziness? Even better, can I use sweetened granola!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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I'm pretty sure the granola we used was sweetened, but the beauty of this recipe is, you can do anything you want! If your granola is very sweet, you can cut back on the sugar slightly, or add more salty snack foods (potato chips? corn chips?) to offset the sweetness.

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

Avoiding cookies in NOT one of my resolutions, thankfully. I will make these soon!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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I hope you like them!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Brilliant temptation! These look so good....so much for my salad resolution!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Every dieter deserves a reward, don't you think?

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

You are the devil tempting a poor weakling like myself!!!!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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:) I know you mean that in the nicest possible way!

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over 3 years ago testkitchenette

Great recipe and application for all of those sweet and salty remnants from the holidays!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Thanks--they're really fun to make.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Oh, the agony! drbabs these look rediculicious. Thanks for torturing us. ;) This one's saved for sure! Wishing you a New Year filled with only the sweetest things.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Oh, thank you mrslarkin. I hope you also have the happiest of New Years.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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These sound ridiculous! Just what my sweet tooth needs!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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Thanks!

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over 3 years ago Phoenix Helix

These sound amazing! Sweet & Salty's always a winning combination. Add to that all those textures and flavors -- I can't wait to try these!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I hope you enjoy them!