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desperation cookies

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Brandi Kirkpatrick
Burley, ID

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.

★★★★★ 2
serves About 5 dozen
prep time 20 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For desperation cookies

  • 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)

How To Make desperation cookies

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter (microwave or stove top)
  • 2
    In mixing bowl, combine butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Add vanilla, baking soda and salt; combine well. Add eggs, combine completely.
  • 3
    Add half the flour (1 ¼ cups); all chips and nuts. Combine. Add the rest of the flour and mix thoroughly.
  • 4
    Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets, 12 to a standard sheet (If the dough is too sticky, chill slightly.)
  • 5
    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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