Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Grand Catch-All of Ingredients: Moving Day Cookies!

Hi there! When Laura, over at Life is Beautiful, mentioned a cookie swap for today, I got really excited. I mean, what can be better than a bunch of bloggers sharing their cookie recipes???? I went through some deliberation about what recipe to include, and I decided to gift you all with an original recipe that I crafted this summer. For all y'all who are new here, in June, my husband and I made the big move from Ohio to Oklahoma. As we prepared for our road trip, we were trying to figure out food. We gave some food away, but we still had some random bits of food here and there that we didn't want to throw away, and, since we lived in a college town where many of our friends were gone for the summer, and I wasn't sure who was around to take more food, I wanted to use up as much as we could. I love cookies, and I wanted something to snack on for the hundreds of miles that we would travel, so I decided that cookies would be a good route to take! Ergo, I created moving day cookies: a grand catch-all of ingredients from my kitchen. 

Just so you are aware, most of the measurements listed are approximations, since I was literally emptying containers into the cookie bowl. I did try to figure out about how much I used, so the measurements listed might be fairly accurate. Or they might not be. But these cookies are very adaptable, so tweak them as you so desire! 
In the craziness of moving...complete with fresh cookies, a roll
of packing tape, and hair that hadn't been brushed in a couple days :) 
Moving Day Cookies: I don't know how many cookies this recipe yields, since I didn't really keep track and the cookies were varying sizes, but it made a lot! 

1/3 c. softened butter
1 c. brown sugar
3 eggs (I put in 3 eggs because I was trying to use up eggs. However, this made the cookies more cake-like, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but wasn't my favorite. I would probably only put in 2 eggs next time I make them)
½-¾ c. peanut butter (I was using up the jar, so there probably was more like ¾ c. in the cookies)
4 T. applesauce (okay, I really just slopped the applesauce in. So I probably wound up with about 6 T. applesauce in the cookies)
1 t. vanilla extract
1 ½ c. flour
½ c. cocoa powder
1 t. baking soda
3 c. oats
Chocolate chips
Coconut (really, just throw in whatever fun things you have in your kitchen)

Mix all ingredients together into a big, happy, messy glob. I like to use my hands, because it seems more exciting to me that way, but go right ahead with a spoon if you so desire! Once the glob looks cookie-dough-ish, make balls as big or small as your heart desires and stick them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes. There you have it! Cookies that used up a bunch of random ingredients, are relatively healthy (I mean, they have applesauce, peanut butter, and oatmeal, so they can't really be unhealthy, right??), and will help you survive a really long road trip :) 

Make sure to head over to Tuesday Talk for more awesome cookie recipes! Also, there is still time to enter the giveaway for the Weeping Angel doll (for the favorite geek in your life), so head on over here to enter


  1. This is exactly how I love to cook! Just by opening the cupboards and fridge and kind of throwing things together that seem like they'd go well together. Sometimes I'm just too impatient to follow a recipe, haha. Those cookies sound really good though - it sounds like a tasty mix of ingredients!

    1. That's great! It's how both my mom and mother-in-law cook, too, so I kind of inherited it-my mother-in-law calls it "dump cooking."

  2. I love this!!! Great recipe and great idea! (And I wished I looked like that when I didn't brush my hair for days! Lovely!)

    I so appreciate that cookies are a little less strict than other baked goods, you can mess with the recipe and they still turn out tasty!

    1. Thanks, Laura! It was definitely an experiment of desperation, since I wanted to use up ingredients and definitely wanted cookies to munch on in the car. Aw, thanks-it's the glory of the very messy bun :)

      I like how you mention that about cookies-I've never thought of them as being "less strict," but especially with this recipe, I can totally see that!

  3. My hat goes off to you. Measuring is hard enough, adding this and that is the signs of a great baker. I bet these tasted so good. Glad you shared your invention with us at the Cookie Swap at Tuesday Talk.

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I'm glad that they turned out, it actually kind of surprised me! (I really didn't know what to expect with applesauce, peanut butter, and chocolate. The applesauce ended up being very subtle, though, which was nice) I'm glad I could link up with the Cookie Swap-I think it is such a fun idea, and I'm honestly in such a mood to bake cookies now!!!