Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chocolate, Vanilla, Chocolate-Vanilla, Cranberry Oat, Maple-Pecan - All Cookies - From One Batch!

I walk into the kitchen and get a bowl out of the cupboard. Mind blank. What to do? Get out the flour. Okay. Done. What next? Grab the sugar too. So, what? Flour. Sugar. What else? What am I making anyway? I notice some dried cranberries in the pantry. How about cranberry-oat cookies? So I start mixing ingredients together. Maybe I should try to make several types of cookies out of one batch of dough? Sounds good. Plan. So here are five types of cookies out of one batch of dough! 

  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour (I use whole wheat)
Cream butter and sugar. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Divide dough into four small bowls. Each bowl should contain ¾ cup dough. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chocolate Cookies

Stir 3 tablespoons cocoa and 1 tablespoon sugar into one bowl. Shape two-thirds of the chocolate dough into six cookies. Save the remaining dough for the chocolate-meets-vanilla-cookies.

Cranberry-Oat Cookies

Stir 1/3 cup dried cranberries and 1/3 cup oats into one bowl of dough. Shape into nine cookies.

Maple-Pecan Cookies

Stir 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 tablespoons flour, and 1/8 teaspoon salt into another bowl of dough. Shape into nine cookies.

Simple Vanilla Cookies

The last bowl of dough will remain plain. Shape two-thirds of it into six cookies. Save the remaining dough for the chocolate-meets-vanilla-cookies.

Chocolate-Meets-Vanilla Cookies

Take the saved chocolate dough and form into six small acorn-sized balls. Do the same with saved vanilla dough. Place a chocolate and vanilla ball side-by-side in your hands and roll into a 2 inch log. Balance one end of the log in one hand and place the other hand on the other end. Press into a ½ inch thick circle. This really isn't that hard at all. It's so much easier to do than to explain! :)

Bake all the cookies 1 ½ inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets for 12 minutes. Let cool before storing, unless eating immediately!   


  1. YUMMY!!!! I have made plain ones, then add cranberries,walnuts, orange zest, and dried coconut to some, or just cranberries, and I have added chocolate chips to some. It is nice to make several kinds from one batch of dough. I have never thought of the chocolate ones. My recipe is almost the same as yours.


    1. Adding walnuts, orange zest, and dried coconut to the cranberry ones sounds like a great idea! Thank you for the suggestion! I should try that sometime.
      Have a wonderful week!

  2. A great awry of cookies. It's hard to choose which would be the best tasting. I love the idea of the cranberries added. There certainly something to please every kid and adult. thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop! Shared on google.

    1. Thank you for sharing! Have a great day!