Today I have a DIY of a different sort: a cookie recipe. Not just any cookie recipe…these are the most mouth watering, chewy, sweet and salty cookies and their unique texture will leave you craving more. Trust me. My whole family is addicted to them. I purposely labeled my blog as a “design, lifestyle and DIY” blog so that I could give myself permission to include posts like this. This blog is primarily for me to be able to look back on my projects, but I’d also like for it to be a place I can share other things I’m interested in. And I am VERY interested in these cookies. Let me start with the recipe:
1 cup of butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
Mix-in of your choice. I used:
3/4 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 bag butterscotch chips
but I’ve also used M&Ms with great results
and I’m sure you could add in coconut, peanut butter chips,
white chocolate chips, etc. to suit your cravings!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine butter and sugars in mixing bowl.
Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
Slowly add flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture and beat on low speed until thoroughly mixed.
Add oatmeal and rice cereal and mix on low until well blended.
Stir in chocolate and butterscotch chips (or other mix-ins) by hand.
Spoon cookie dough onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 13 minutes, or until edges start to brown.
Remove from oven and cool before eating!
First, gather your ingredients and stage them like this, making sure all mess in your kitchen is moved out of frame and dirty dishes in sink are not visible. If not properly staged, your cookies will be sucky.
I began by adding my softened butter to my mixing bowl. I use salted because I can never have enough salt in my life, but unsalted should work fine too.
Then, I added the brown and white sugars and mixed on medium speed until well blended.
I added my two eggs and vanilla extract, and blended it on medium again until it was well incorporated.
In a separate bowl, I combined the flour, baking soda and salt.
I added my flour mixture a little at a time to my butter/sugar mixture and mixed on low speed until it was all blended.
I measured out my oatmeal and rice cereal and added it to my mixing bowl. I blended on low until mixed thoroughly.
I took my mixing bowl off of my mixing stand and stirred in my chocolate and butterscotch chips by hand using a long spatula. However, as I mentioned in the recipe, you could easily substitute a multitude of mix-ins in these cookies and they should come out fine. I’ve used plain M&Ms in these cookies many a time and they are just as heavenly.
Once mixed, I put it in the fridge to cool a bit while I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. I lined a baking sheet with parchment paper and spooned my cookie dough onto it using a tablespoon. I prefer my cookies warm, so I generally only bake about as many as my family can eat in one sitting, and then put the remaining dough back in the fridge to bake later. This also saves me from having too many dried out cookies when my son and/or husband doesn’t properly seal the lid on the cookie jar.
I placed my cookies in the oven and baked for 13 minutes, until the edges just started to brown.
I took them out of the oven and let them cool. Then I made a mess on my dining table like only the best food bloggers do and took these sweet pics to show just how dreamy these cookies are. Then I ate 3 of them, gave my son one thinking he wouldn’t like the butterscotch, discovered that he DID in fact like them, and thus hid the rest on the top shelf of the pantry to eat later while watching Homeland.
Whoa that table above is not nearly messy enough. Needs at least 10 times more mess.
There we go.
Seriously though, these are the best cookies. Way more interesting than a plain chocolate chip cookie. The oatmeal and crispy rice cereal give it an amazingly unique chewy texture, and the flavor of the other ingredients is spot on. Not too salty, not too sweet, but a perfect combination of both. I hope you give them a try and that your family loves them as much as mine do!