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!   



4 comments:

  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.

    THANKS!! BLESSINGS!!!

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    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!

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  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.

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

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