Saturday, June 9, 2012

Creativity in the Kitchen: Kitchen Sink Cookies

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 
In a large bowl, we mixed the sweeteners, butter and egg-mixing well since we've got yogurt, banana and jam to incorporate throughout the batter. In a small bowl, we mixed the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Then, we dumped the dry ingredients from the small bowl into the large bowl with our "kitchen sink" concoction of sweeteners and Wild Thing also dumps in the trail mix we have left (so we get a few raisins and M&Ms in there).

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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  1. I love the name of this - "Kitchen Sink Cookies" - hehe. So creative and so cute ;) It sounds so delicious and fairly healthy, too!! Will have to try this for sure <3

    thanks for linking up to First Day of My Life's Tasty Tuesday :)

  2. Oh, thanks for suggesting these for my Mama bucket list! My little guy will love these! Pinning for later. :)

  3. How very zero waste :)

  4. Love how you just threw everything together - bet they were tasty and you didn't miss the sugar, and your son looks like he had a total blast! Thanks for sharing at the Kids Co-op :-)