Desperation Cookies

Recipe Rating:
 2 Ratings
Serves: About 5 dozen
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Cooking Method: Bake


1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)
1½ cups white sugar
¾ cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 beaten eggs
2½ cups flour
1½ cups morsels (any combination)
2 cups chopped nuts (any combination; includes coconut and dried fruits)

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Brandi Kirkpatrick Recipe
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Member Since Oct 2010
Brandi's notes for this recipe:
I actually got this recipe from a mystery book. It has been a huge hit in my family and my classroom because of the many variations possible. I have done a ton of different combos: cranberries, white morsels, and almonds; milk chocolate, dark chocolate, walnuts; cinnamon morsels, white morsels, and pecans; mint morsels and rice crispies; multiple colored raisins, various chocolate morsels, etc. Almost all combos come out if you give a little thought to flavors and textures.

Also, for people who do not like "nuts" of any type; You can replace the 2 cups of "nuts" with rice crispy cereal. It adds bulk but does not alter the flavor much. I have also used a little oatmeal for filler.

These are a GREAT pantry clean out cookie after the holidays.
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Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter (microwave or stove top)
In mixing bowl, combine butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Add vanilla, baking soda and salt; combine well. Add eggs, combine completely.
Add half the flour (1 ¼ cups); all chips and nuts. Combine. Add the rest of the flour and mix thoroughly.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets, 12 to a standard sheet (If the dough is too sticky, chill slightly.)
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on sheet 2 minutes, remove from cookies sheets to wire rack.

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user Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25 - Feb 18, 2011
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user Susan Feliciano frenchtutor - Feb 19, 2011
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user Susan Feliciano frenchtutor - Feb 19, 2011
Thanks for posting this. It's like the kind of cookies I used to make for my children, when I didn't really have specific ingredients for a certain cookie - just threw in whatever was in the pantry! Sometimes, that turns out the best!
user ann walpole annww - Feb 20, 2011
OK....with the adding oatmeal,is anything else changed?
user Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25 - Feb 20, 2011
No, I never changed it. I just don't add tons of oatmeal.

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