Thursday, August 4, 2011

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies

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Quick!  It's Friday!  Open your cupboards and grab any and all sweet nothin's you've got stashed in there, chop 'em up, and mash them into a cookie that's larger than your head.  Sit back, grab a warm, straight-out-of-the-oven cookie, and relax with all of the crappy-but-addictive summer television programming you've missed out on during the week.  Plus, you've got Saturday to be productive and work it off, right?

(NB: these cookies ain't pretty, but they sure are delicious.  Extra points for adding spices and a little somethin' salty--like pretzels--if you've got that laying about.)

Weekend plans?  Past week heartbreaks or/and triumphs?  Share below, please!

Read on for recipe....

Everything but the kitchen sink cookies
makes nine 6-inch cookies

2 1/4 cups (320 gr) AP flour
1 tspn baking powder
1 tspn baking soda
1 tspn salt
2 tspn finely ground Turkish coffee
1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup (120 gr) dark brown sugar
1 cup (200 gr) white sugar
1 1/2 Tbspn dark molasses
2 eggs
2 Tbspn cream or milk
1 Tbspn vanilla extract
4 cups of mix-ins: 1 cup each of pretzels (chopped), Butterfingers (chopped), marshmallows, dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking sheets lined with silpats or parchment paper.
2. Whisk to combine the AP flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and finely ground Turkish coffee. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter until light, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the sugars and mix until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the molasses to the butter and beat until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the milk and vanilla extract. In two stages, beat in the flour mixture on low until thoroughly combined. Fold in the mix-ins.
4. Scoop the dough into large rounds onto the prepared cookie sheets, about two cookies per half-sheet baking pan. Leave ample room between each cookie. Dip your fingers in water and lightly spread out and press the dough into a circle.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Note: If you don't have Turkish coffee, substitute with finely ground regular coffee and a pinch or two of ground cardamom.
Note: This recipe can support up to four cups of mix-ins. Feel free to mix in anything you can think of or have in your cabinets: potato chips, nuts, dried fruits, chopped candy bars, cereal, last year's Halloween candy, next year's Halloween candy.... The sky's the limit!



  1. Fun post!....You are definitely in the weekend mood!!

  2. I love it! I'll take anything from your kitchen sink any day. ;-) Yum!

  3. i've heard of these!  perfect for friday...well, really any day!

  4. For a not pretty cookie, you sure made them look delicious :) Love the format.
    I'm headed out to girl scout camp... don't be too jealous. It's only going to be 100+ ;)

  5. all i can say is YES !!!!!  yes to loving fridays even more now.  yes to cookies !  yes to pretzels in cookies, always !  yes to this recipe that i have to make pronto.  i seriously believe you customized it for me too - dark chocolate, pretzels, coffee, marshmallows and butterfinger (the latter was my fave as a kid).  thanks !  ;)  yummmm.  have a totally sweet weekend, steph !

  6. I love the dramatic dark, textured action going on in that first picture. It's exquisite. And these cookies would be the end of me, oh my. 

  7. These are my favorite kind of cookie, both to make and to eat.  I named my version "cupboard" cookies (ie, whatever's in your cupboard)...but everything but the kitchen sink makes sense.  I like the addition of pretzels! 

  8. Such a cute name for cookies! They actually look quite pretty IMO, the addition of pretzels sound good :)

  9. I LOVE this recipe format.  Looks straight out of a magazine. 

    I'm going home to bake cookies soon, but I don't have any fun ingredients like these here.  Maybe next time!

  10. yum! nothing beats friday night baking with anything sweet that you can find :) happy weekend!

  11. Lovely cookies!
    Too many heartbreaks, gonna not to waste so much time this week..:)

  12. way to start the weekend. now i have to look what crap i have in the pantry, i hope it's not just stale uncooked rice. i need to make this next week right before school starts, ugh, i'll be sooo needing this next sunday. i guess that gives more more time to figure out what other unhealthy ingredients i can dump onto my cookies ;) thanks for this awesome, awesome idea! :)

  13. oh, i thought it was friday today, i guess it's monday already. lol.

  14. ooh these look like such fun! i never keep anything sweet in the house so this would be a difficult recipe to follow, though i love the idea of it :) ugly cookies sometimes taste the best.

  15. Beautiful pictures. It looks like something from a magazine!

  16. Pretzels combined with anything sweet is such a winning combination! I love the idea of throwing in whatever you fancy...I'm going to make a batch with pretzels, dried fruit and smarties this evening!

  17. I love your blog ! I added you to my favourites blog 

  18. Rocky Mountain WomanAugust 10, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    You had me at pretzels....


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