Desperation Cookies

Brandi Kirkpatrick Recipe

By Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25

About 5 dozen
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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.


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)

Directions Step-By-Step

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.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25
May 7, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25
Feb 22, 2011
One of the best perks is that you don't have to wait for the butter to soften. :)
ann walpole annww
Feb 21, 2011
Thank you ,Iam going to try this.
Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25
Feb 20, 2011
No, I never changed it. I just don't add tons of oatmeal.
ann walpole annww
Feb 20, 2011
OK....with the adding oatmeal,is anything else changed?