Thursday, February 13, 2014

Everything but the kitchen sink...

       I have a cupboard in my kitchen that is designated for baking supplies.  My children know that anything in there is strictly off limits to them. They know that no matter how much they plead or give me those sad puss n' boots eyes that I will not relent. Each and every item in my stash; the Snickers bars,  the Reeses' peanut butter cups and the Oreo cookies, are all destined to be baked into something delectable... one of these days.
       It's no surprise that since I've started working in a bakery, I have been baking less often at home.  My kids are noticing that the treat plate is not filled as often as it once was. Their arrival home from school is not met with fresh baked cookies Monday through Friday. While it may be a good thing that I'm not spoiling them, my cupboard overfloweth.
        In order to make way for the Valentine treats I've been stocking up on, I had to deplete my stash.  Thankfully I was able to come up with a cookie recipe that incorporated much of what I had on hand.  Not only did I bake up a tasty batch of homemade cookies for my poor, deprived family, I was also able to make room in my cache. A job well done if I do say so myself!
    Kitchen Sink Cookies
You will need:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toffee baking bits
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped 


~ Preheat oven to 350*
~ In a large bowl combine sugars and butter; beat until creamy
~ Add vanilla and eggs; blend well
~ In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk to combine
~ Add dry mixture to wet mixture
~ Stir in chocolate & peanut butter chips, toffee bits and pecans
~ Roll into balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet
~ Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown
~ Allow cookies to set 1 minute on cookie sheets before moving to wire racks to cool

*Note: there are no chocolate bars in this recipe because... well, it's hard to resist those eyes!


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