Friday, November 20, 2009

Garbage Cookies 1

"EEEEWWW. These cookies look like garbage!"
"Now now, must you flatter me so?"
The reason all bakers love garbage cookies.

Inspired by Meeting St Cafe's infamous Garbage Cookie, these use classic college cafeteria goodies as mix-ins. Fast, easy, and customizable-the basic cookie dough can be used for any "kitchen-sink" type of cookie you want (see Garbage Cookies 2 and 3).

Garbage Cookies 1
1 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup colorful marshmallows
1/4 cup sprinkles
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup Oreo cookie bits
1/4 cup granola
1/4 cup M&M's
1/4 cup Trix cereal
1/4 cup Rice Krispies
1/4 cup cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl with a spatula, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Stir in vanilla.
3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder. Gradually mix into wet ingredients until just combined (don't overmix or else cookies will be tough!). Add desired "garbage" fillings. You can mix these in or sprinkle on top.
4. Drop batter by heaping tablespoons or with a 1 ounce ice-cream scoop onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until golden, about 16-18 minutes. Cool on pan, then remove to foil or plates and enjoy!