Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Cowboy Cookies-YEEHAW!!!

I got this recipe from Family Fun magazine. I plan to make it soon. I had never heard of cowboy cookies and the other day while we were at my mom's house we had one for the first time. Basically, you put everything in them! Which equals superfun for kids!
These oversized cookies combine favorite trail mix ingredients with a classic oatmeal cookie. The precise flavor--from M&M's to dried fruit--is the chef's choice.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats
2 1/2 cups total mix-ins: semisweet chocolate chips, M&M's, chopped walnuts or other nuts, and/or raisins or other dried fruit
Kids' Cooking Skills: Use this recipe to teach your child how to customize cookies with favorite ingredients, use a spatula to fold in ingredients, and flatten cookies with a wet glass.
Directions1. Heat the oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
2. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars, then beat in the eggs. Stir in the vanilla extract. Finally, stir in the flour mixture.
3. Using a spatula, fold in the rolled oats until thoroughly combined. Pour the desired mix-ins into separate small bowls and ask your child to select and measure 2 1/2 cups total of her favorites. She can then fold her choices into the dough.
4. Use a 1/4-cup measuring cup to transfer the cookie dough onto an ungreased baking sheet (you'll be able to fit about 6 on a sheet). Wet the bottom of a wide glass and press it onto each cookie to flatten it (alternatively, you can flour the bottom of the glass). Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly brown. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and let cool. Makes approximately 22 cookies.
TIP: To prevent the dough from sticking to the glass, wet or flour the bottom of the glass frequently