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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Little Bit" Cookie Recipe

So allergies are in full swing - I can't stop sneezing, coughing or keep my contacts in!  Twice a year I get sick with the allergies, and then sinuses - it's not always this bad though.  Anyway - today I needed some chocolate comfort food - it always makes me feel a little better.  What to make, what to make?

I looked in my pantry & stockpile cabinet to see what I could use.  Hence the name - I used a "little bit" of everything!

"Little Bit" Cookies Recipes

Betty Crocker Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie mix
1/2 pkg Nestle butterscotch chips
1/2 c chopped pecans (from the freezer!)
1 heaping Tbs ground flax seed - just for a little health boost!
1 stick margarine (or butter)
1 egg
a couple Tbs applesauce (kept me from adding more margarine or butter!)
a few grinds from my Trader Joe's Sugar, Chocolate & Coffee Bean grinder

So I mixed the mix according to directions on the package, using 1 stick margarine & 1 egg, then added a few Tbs of applesauce, and everything else.  The grinder probably got turned about 20 times, to tell you the truth!   The cookie dough was very moist, and I was very happy with how it looked once they were on the cookie sheet.

 The first batch got overcooked - I'm sick, remember? No sense of smell right now, and I let them go about 12 minutes - TOO LONG!  Next batch was just under 10 minutes and it was perfect.  When they came out of the oven, they got sprinkled with more of the Trader Joe's Sugar, Chocolate & Coffee Bean grinder - yummmmm!   Here's the final product, fresh from the oven.  The bottom was a little lacy looking, and slightly crunchy, while the inside of the cookie was so moist & chewy! All those little crumbs? They are from the grinder - don't they look delicious?!

The little pieces of sugar, chocolate & coffee bean that made it onto the cookie melted into a yummy topping.  So each bite of these cookies had a chocolate, butterscotch-y, nutty (from flax seed & pecans) flavor, with a little hint of coffee.  Both kids proclaimed them the best cookies ever!

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