When I taught, there was a staff member who brought the most amazing everything cookies to every potluck we ever had. I looked forward to her cookies which were always individually wrapped so you could take one with you. I always took one unless they ran out.
I decided I wanted to try to make everything cookies and taste the wonderful deliciousness again. I looked at several recipes online and discovered that it is basically an oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookie with nuts and coconut. I already have a fabulous chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookie recipe so I adapted it to make these delicious everything cookies. I toasted the pecans first which really enhances the flavor.
1 ¼ cups flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. ground flax seed (optional for the nutritional benefits)
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter softened
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. milk
2 cups (12 oz. pkg.) chocolate chips
1 cup quick or old fashioned oats
½ cup raisins
½ cup pecans or walnuts, toasted and chopped
½ cup sweetened coconut flakes
1. Toast nuts on a small un-greased pan in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Let cool.
2. Turn oven temperature up to 375 degrees.
3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and optional ground flax in a small bowl. Set aside.
4. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture and milk. Stir in chocolate chips, oats, raisins, nuts and coconut.
5. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. (I line my cookie sheets with parchment paper.)
6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are crisp but centers are still soft. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 3 dozen.
Today we had a snow day and what better way to spend a snow day than baking cookies. As I was preparing to bake, I remembered that I had gotten a cookie scoop in my Christmas stocking. I used my new scoop for the first time and I am sold. It was so fast and easy and look how uniform those perfect cookie dough balls are. What do you use? A spoon or a cookie dough scoop? I always used a spoon before, but now my cookie scoop has won me over.
This is our weekly menu from a few weeks ago. I am not posting anything from "flu week" since we were lucky to have dinner at all and meals were super simple.
Monday: Beef and Noodles (Thanks for the homemade noodles Jennifer! They were great.), Roasted Potatoes
I know kind of weird starch with starch, but that's what I felt like making and it was good.
Tuesday: Marinated Flat Iron Steak, Cous Cous, Sauteed peppers and onions
Wednesday: Chicken Noodle Soup (my husband was sick and requested chicken noodle soup) Didn't realize at the time, but we were about to have a flu outbreak.
Thursday: Slow Cooker Potato Soup
Friday: Hamburgers, Baked beans, chips, pickles
Saturday: We went to a friend's house, boys had macaroni and hot dogs
I can't believe it took me 6 six years of raising boys to think of combining dinosaurs and play-dough. My two year old and I made a fresh batch of play-dough a couple of mornings ago while big brothers were at school. Homemade play-dough is the best. I like it better than store bought and you get a big batch with plenty to share.
The boys have been enjoying their play-dough creating for several days. It amazes me how entertained they are, which is nice since it's so cold outside. The boys are huge dinosaur enthusiasts. They watch dinosaur documentaries, play prehistoric park, draw dinosaurs, read dinosaur books. You get the idea. Dinosaurs are part of our everyday lives which is why I can't believe it took me so long to think of combining play-dough and dinosaurs.
There are so many fun things you can do with dinosaurs and play-dough. You can make great impressions like this cool footprint. The spikes and plates on their backs make neat impressions too.
You can even bury dinosaur skeletons in play-dough and have a fossil dig. We had a fun dinosaur dig birthday party last fall. This would be fun for a winter indoor dinosaur dig birthday party. You would have to make a lot of play-dough though.
The skeletons make great fossil imprints.
I love watching their imaginations at work. My son is crafting a meteor. Look out dinosaurs!
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned work at home Mom blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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