Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Kitchen Sink Cookies


Man, it's been such a long time since I wrote a real post... I think that with everything that has been going on in my life, the last thing I wanted to do was cook at all. For me, that's really saying a lot! I'm the type of person who finds cooking and baking to be extremely relaxing and therapeutic. Well, I finally started to feel a bit of motivation to bake again.

I actually made an almond cake last week, but it sort of cracked coming out of the pan and was quickly devoured, so I never took pictures. And now, I made these delicious cookies. I call them kitchen sink cookies because they contain everything but the kitchen sink! I guess I was feeling a bit gluttonous, but they turned out so good. These cookies are chock full of oats, chocolate chips, coconut, walnuts and raisins. Mmm... Just heaven in every bite!

Ingredients:

Butter - 1 cup, softened to room temperature
Brown sugar - 3/4 cup, firmly packed
Cane sugar - 1/2 cup (Feel free to use regular sugar instead. Use 3/4 cup for sweet cookies)
Eggs - 2, at room temperature
Baking Powder - 2 tsp
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Vanilla extract - 1 tbsp
Milk - 1 tbsp
White whole wheat flour (or all purpose flour) - 1 1/2 cups
All purpose flour - 3/4 cup
Rolled oats (regular or quick cooking) - 2 cups
Semisweet chocolate chips - 1 cup
Raisins - 3/4 cup
Walnuts, chopped - 3/4 cup toasted for 5 minutes at 350 F (until golden)
Sweetened shredded coconut - 3/4 cup toasted for 5-7 minutes at 350 F (until golden)


Method:

1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

2. Beat butter and sugars in stand mixer or using hand mixer until soft and fluffy like whipped cream.

3. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Beat to combine well.

4. Now, add in the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together by hand or on slow speed in stand mixer until just combined. Do not overmix or you risk getting tough cookies.

5. At this point, stir in the oats, chocolate chips, raisins, toasted walnuts, and toasted coconut gently to combine.

6. Drop onto cookie sheets by heaped tablespoons or by using a tablespoon sized scoop (My favorite tool!). Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are light golden at the edges and are just set. They will not appear fully cooked, but it's fine. This will result in chewy cookies. For crisper cookies, bake for an additional 1-2 minutes, but be careful not to burn them! Keep in mind that this batter is meant for chewy cookies...



7. Remove from oven
and allow to cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Then, remove to a cooling rack and cool fully.

Enjoy with a tall glass of milk or on their own. Kids will love these too (especially if they like chocolate and raisins).


Update: I'm sending these cookies in to Mansi, of Fun and Food. She's hosting Sugar High Fridays where the theme is Fruit and Nuts. Click here for more info!

27 comments:

Lisa said...

I love the name of your cookies :) They certainly sound yummy. Glad you are getting back into the kitchen.

Take care,
Lisa

indosungod said...

Glad to hear you are starting to enjoy cooking and baking which is always a good sign. Sorry to hear that you have not been doing good.

As for these cookie I like they have everything but the kitchen sink in it :)

Superchef said...

THAT is truly heaven in every bite!!!!

Laavanya said...

That's a loaded cookie for sure but it has all the things I love so am sure that it tasted awesome!

Vij said...

Lovely yummy cookies. Why dont you send them the CLICK EVENT for June?

TBC said...

Just went through your previous post... did not know that you were going through a tough time, Kalai. Sorry to hear about your loss. Please accecpt my condolences. Also, hope you are recovering well after the surgery.
I'm glad you feel good enough to do the things you like. Sounds like you are in a better place now than you were a couple of weeks back. Take care, Kalai. :)

Sujatha said...

interesting name! :) yeah, it does seem to contain everything! I can taste it already :)

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

LOvely , yummy cookie. Can visualize how it would have tasted fron the clicks. Nice.

Sig said...

It's always great to see a post from you Kalai! Lovely cookies!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh that's an innovative recipe......Nice to see you back...Cookies look crunchy and yum....

Varunavi said...

great looking cookies

Pavithra said...

First time to your blog.. u have nice space here. Yummy cookie baked perfectly.

Happy cook said...

I love the name of the cookies, when i saw the titile i was really curious, cookie slook yummy delcious.

homecooked said...

Like the name Kalai :) Thse look fantastic! And lovely pics.

Chitra said...

lovely cookies..i donno when am i going to make all these wonders;)

DEESHA said...

lovely cookies there

Asha said...

Thanks Kalai! It was an experience to visit India, great things are happening along with some very bad things as well. I guess that's life! :)

See you in Fall, enjoy.

AnuSriram said...

That's delicious! Looks lovely!

DK said...

and kitchen sink it sure is! mama mia! It has amazing no. of ingredients! Will try this one out :) I am liking the combo of coconuts walnuts and chocolate! Yum!

Varsha Vipins said...

I was slightly perplexed by the mane ..hehe..but they look cute n tasty n amazing Kalai..welcome back..!!

Kalai said...

Hahaha! So, I've managed to confuse some of you with the name, huh? Mission accomplished! I'm glad everyone liked them. They're definitely addictive!

Red Chillies said...

LOL at the kitchen sink name. I never thought we could apply the names to cookies as well. They look delish. Like you I find cooking and baking therapautic too!

Priti said...

Nice cookies with cute name :)

Priya said...

Very funny and creative name...thats looks delicious!

Nirmala said...

Sink cookies? The name itself has a nice catch! They looks lovely kalai! And yeah u're absolutely right on the therapeutic side!

Raaga said...

lovely... I'm laughing at both this post as well as the tomato chutney one :)

Mansi said...

I love the name "Kitchen Sink coookies"....hehehe nice one Kalai, and they look perfect to be devoured with some Tea! btw, you could send these in for the SHF_Fruit & Nut event I'm hosting this month:)

hope things are good at your end!