Clean out your Cupboard Cookies

It was a long weekend.

Hubs had weekend duty, so he was at work both days… which left me with two hooligans to keep busy (while attempting to keep my patience in check.)

We did pretty good on Saturday, as it was a beautiful day, and we had t-ball smack in the middle of the day.  Sunday, on the other hand, was kind of gray – a perfect day to stay in and spend some time together in the kitchen.

Now, it being a lazy Sunday, I had no desire to get out of my pj’s before noon, so I searched around our house for possible ingredients.  And I came across four partial bags of mix-in left-overs from previous recipes: some large dark chocolate chips, semi-sweet chips, peanut butter chips, and some sweetened flaked coconut.

Gotta include a pic featuring the ugly counters – as they will be gone on Friday!

I decided why not use these in the best chocolate chip cookie recipe – and see what happened.

The Recipe:

Clean out your Cupboard Cookies, from me and Hubs

1 c butter, softened

3/4 c sugar

3/4 c brown sugar

2 eggs

1 t vanilla extract

1 T milk

2 c oats, processed until fine

2 c flour

1 t baking soda

1 t baking powder

1/2 t salt

4 oz dark chocolate chips

4 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

3 oz peanut butter chips

3 oz sweetened flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and milk until well blended and forms a light batter-like consistency.  Add processed oats, flour, soda, baking powder, and salt.  Stir until well incorporated. Fold in chips and coconut.  Using a tablespoon, drop onto baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes – remove when sides turn golden brown.  Cool on wire rack.   Makes 3 dozen.

{Printable Recipe}

The Results:

Well, first I had to gather my sous-chefs… which means I had to pull out the mixer and they both came a-running.  (They do love to use our kitchen machines.)

We all took turns measuring, dumping, and turning on the mixer.  The boys were in pure heaven.

After everything was blended, we added our random ingredients and were ready to go.

Now, since there was so few of each thing, when you ate a cookie, you had no idea what it would taste like – it could have salty peanut butter or chewy coconut or rich chocolate or any combination thereof.  It’s kind of fun, like five types of cookies in one recipe, and you have no idea which one you’re going to get.

I do have to say, though, I definitely prefer the original recipe.  It’s just perfect at it is.

This one was really good, too – so if you’re looking to clean out some of those leftover bits of this and that (and you want to keep your kids happy and occupied), you should give this recipe a try.

 Have a wonderful Monday!


12 thoughts on “Clean out your Cupboard Cookies

  1. A great cookie! This is so much better than my method of handling them. Leave them in the fridge until they either spill all over the place or get pushed into the back & forgotten until “Clean Out the Fridge Day.” 🙂


  2. Your boys are the cutest little guys EVER! 🙂 Such happy, sweet faces. Pure joy. What a nice way to spend a grey afternoon and an even nicer way to use up the bits of this and that from the fridge. I definitely need to make this recipe. I am already drooling, dreaming and trying to figure out if I have all the right ingredients.


  3. Your boys are so sweet and adorable.. such eager help in the kitchen too! I can just see them dumping everything in and going crazy stirring:D This is a great idea, I often have little bits of packages left over.. why can’t a recipe use the whole package?? Just askin’!!


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