By Kevin Williams
These cookies are a great treat if you are looking for a cookie that is a little different, yet familiar. I don’t know, these could also be called “trail mix cookies.” Aster and I were all set to make these yesterday at my parents house and then we realized mom and dad didn’t have chocolate chip cookies. But they did have “trail mix” and the recipe called for 1/2 cup nuts and chocolate chips, well, that’s pretty much trail mix isn’t it? So we just did a half cup trail mix. I picked out some of the larger Brazil nuts and in went a blend of peanuts, cashews, golden raisins and chocolate chips.
Aster was a good and able helper while her sister napped (so much easier to bake with just Aster, 18-month-old Bea just isn’t quite there yet). Aster did a little video intro to the recipe here.
And here is this delicious recipe. By the way, it calls for shortening…my parents did have any so I just subbed with vegetable oil and the results were great. In fact, I don’t know that I would even use shortening if I had it. The original recipe called for 2 1 /2 cups flour but I found the dough was a bit too liquidy that way, so I added about 1 /2 cup more. The dough is still (as you can tell from Aster’s hands) very “wet”, but you can at least shape them into balls.
The recipe says it makes 3 dozen and we came out about right. You could just say the heck with it and make “angel bars”….I’d probably spread them into a 10 X 13 inch pan and bake until a butter knife stuck in the middle comes out clean, maybe about 15 mins.
Serves: 3 dozen
- 1 /2 cup butter
- 1 /2 cup shortening
- 1 /2 cup of brown sugar
- ½ cup of white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2½ cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 /2 teaspoon salt
- 1 /2 cup of nuts or chocolate chips
- Mix everything together in order given.
- Roll into balls the size of walnuts.
- Dip half into cold water and then dip into sugar.
- Place onto greased cookie sheet and bake for about 12 minutes at 350 until the edges just start to brown.
So, here is this great recipe!