Something my husband is always impressed by is what he calls my ability to make something out of nothing. When we were dating, I would go over to his house, dig around in the fridge, freezer, and cabinets, and make a great meal. I prefer to call it making something out of everything.
It’s actually a great way to clean out your pantry. If you love to cook and you do it a lot, you are already familiar with things that will go well together. If you are new to the game or just not comfortable with that, Grammy is here to help.
I once had some cookies at a Bake Sale that had so many things in them I couldn’t identify them all. But man, they were so good. So I went home and poked around in my pantry, pulling out everything I thought was in those cookies. I have to admit I had to try a few versions before everyone decided they were perfect. I call these Pantry Cookies, because I used so many items from my pantry to make them. The result is a soft, chewy, crispy, sweet-but- not-too-sweet delicious cookie. And more room in my pantry! I brought them recently to a Moving Party a friend of mine had who was moving her Beauty Shop to a larger space. They were really popular!
And away we go … One important thing to note is you have to chill the dough for an hour before baking, so leave time for that! Cream 2 sticks softened butter and 1C white sugar and 1C packed brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1C vegetable oil, 1 lg egg, and 1t vanilla and beat til smooth. Mix in 1t baking soda and 1t salt. Stir in 1C quick oats and 3 1/2C flour til just mixed. Add 1C crushed cornflakes, 1/2C sweetened shredded coconut, and 1/2C chopped nuts. (pecans, walnuts, whatever you have).
Now, line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Scoop up 2T portions of dough onto the sheet. No need to space them out for chilling. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for one hour. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place dough scoops 2″ apart on cookie sheets. Flatten each slightly. Bake 10 – 12 minutes until bottoms begin to turn golden brown. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, then move to cooling racks until completely cool.
Too delicious not to share! Oh wait. Maybe they are just too delicious to share at all! You decide!
If you want to, you can add other pantry items like raisins, or dried cranberries, or even chocolate chips. Oh, I was just thinking…. mini M & M’s would be good! I think I have a bag of those in the pantry!!
Til next time….