Scenario: Wild Thing wants to make cookies. Sounds good to me, so I say yes and get things prepped. With an excited toddler, I discover...WE HAVE NO SUGAR!! (Well, okay, we have less than 1/8 of a cup of sugar). I am fond of utilizing honey, maple syrup or agave nectar in recipes. But, WE HAVE NO MAPLE SYRUP (or agave nectar) and only about 1/2 cup of honey. Yikes. I survey the pantry and fridge and discover that we do have: overly ripe bananas, apricot jam, some trail mix, unsulphered molasses and yogurt.
Here's the resulting ingredient list for our creative kitchen sink cookies:
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup butter (melted)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup apricot jam
- 1/4 cup molasses (maybe a little less, it's a strong flavor)
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1 mashed banana
- the last of the sugar (maybe an 1/8 of a cup)
- the last of the trail mix (maybe 1/4 of a cup)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- however much cinnamon Wild Thing shakes in
- 1/4 tsp salt
We scooped the cookies onto 2 cookie sheets and put them in the oven (preheated to 350 degrees) for about 12-15 minutes. (I think - I just kept peeking on them). The cookies came out fine - in some ways they seemed a bit like muffins that were shaped like cookies, but they were good.
Most importantly, Wild Thing had so much fun making them! So, don't let a missing ingredient get in your way, just get creative. You might end up making a healthier cookie!
*I also think it could be fun to do an experiment with older kids in which you use different types of sweeteners and have a taste test! (You could have a honey batch, maple syrup batch, etc.)
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