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Cookies for Trash Bash!

May 19, 2009

“C is for cookies!” Cookie Monster

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Every year on the third Friday in May, our local recycling center, Cart’m, holds the party of the year for our community. It is something to behold. People, running around dressed in junk like bubble wrap, milk jugs, old life preservers and paper bags. Beer is the favored beverage, served in recycled jars. The trash art show is a testament to the fantastic things one can do with garbage. The music is blaring rock and roll, the food is hot dogs, nachos, chili and cookies.

Jesse Just in her fantastic plastic bubble wrap!

Jesse Just in her fantastic plastic bubble wrap!

This whole affair is put on with help from the community for the community. Everyone puts their best foot forward and volunteers to do something to help out.  I elected myself as the provider of cookies this year.  The order was for 12 dozen cookies, so I dusted off my most wicked cookies recipes and stepped up to bat.

Now, cookies for me are just about the perfect dessert. I LOVE COOKIES! And I had an excuse to bake 12 dozen! The only shadow on my whole party was the fact that I should probably stick to tried and true recipes. (Oh well.)  I chose to make the ubiquitous but ever faithful Chocolate Chip cookies, recipe right off the Nestlé’s bag.  Then came the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies, and right on the heels of that was Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Chunkers, and my all time favorites, Oatmeal Raisin.

Now finding the perfect oatmeal raisin cookies recipe has been a life long pursuit. I know you know what I am talking about, if you are an oatmeal raisin cookie freak. This recipe is the best one I have come across so far, tweaked a bit by yours truly to be healthier. If you have a better one, please share it with me!

Trash Bash Oatmeal Cookies

½ cup of butter softened

½ cup of applesauce

1 cup of brown sugar

½ cup of white sugar

2 farm fresh eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1 ½ cups of ww pastry flour or

White whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

¼ teaspoon of baking soda

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

½ teaspoon of cardamom

½ teaspoon of salt

3 cups of old fashion oats

1 cup of raisins

½ cup of chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter, applesauce, and sugars together till all creamy and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs, and that luscious vanilla till well blended. In a separate bowl, combine everything else, except the oats, raisins, and nuts. Whisk that up till it is well combined. Add the dry ingredients to the creamy ingredients just until it is mixed all together, then add the rest of the list, and mix some more. VERY IMPORTANT: taste the batter.  Then taste it again. Should be wonderful. Stop here so you can actually bake some cookies. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet with a wet spoon, and press the cookies flat. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes till golden brown and aromatic. Then take out the recycling to celebrate! (With your mouth full of course.)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2009 11:57 am

    That sounds like a good idea and the cookies look delicious :)

  2. May 20, 2009 10:10 pm

    Oh! The secret is out…cardamom in oatmeal cookies. (I can’t call myself genius anymore.)
    :o(

  3. May 21, 2009 2:14 am

    Dana! Thank you for visiting my blog. That cookie recipe looks delicious!

  4. July 1, 2009 3:41 am

    mmm sounds like a delightful mixture!

  5. February 6, 2010 1:04 am

    I definitely agree with the cause for going green. It’s just crazy to me that the worse things get the less people seem to care.

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