Desperation Cookies

Brandi Kirkpatrick Recipe

By Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25

About 5 dozen
20 Min
10 Min

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.

pinch tips: How to Cream Butter & Sugar


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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Feb 18, 2011 - Brandi Kirkpatrick shared this recipe with discussion group: I NEED a Picture to Cook!!!
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!
ann walpole annww
Feb 20, 2011
OK....with the adding oatmeal,is anything else changed?
Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25
Feb 20, 2011
No, I never changed it. I just don't add tons of oatmeal.
ann walpole annww
Feb 21, 2011
Thank you ,Iam going to try this.
Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25
Feb 22, 2011
One of the best perks is that you don't have to wait for the butter to soften. :)
Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25
May 7, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!