Recipe Exchange: 'Anything Cookies' a tasty way to clean out the cupboard

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 3, 2014 

Jill Babbit, operations manager of North Coast Credit Union in Bellingham, offers her recipe for "Anything Cookies."

The credit union is hosting the annual Bite of Skagit July 26. The event benefits the Skagit Food Distribution Center with funds raised going to buy produce from local farmers for food banks and meals on wheels programs. Last year it raised $25,000.

"I call these 'clean out the cupboard cookies' because it is a good way to use up small quantities of various flours, nuts, dried fruit and chocolate chips," she says. "I often go through my cupboard and grab anything that I have in a small quantity. Anything goes as long as the quantities all add up. I also like the fact that they have some healthy items in them like flaxseed, soy flour and oatmeal. Any time I can eat a cookie and pretend that it is healthy is a real bonus."

She says to not be overwhelmed by the long list of ingredients. "This recipe is very open to additions and substitutions. Every time I make these cookies they are different, I should have called them 'surprise cookies'."

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 soy flour

1 cup oatmeal (toasted)

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup chocolate chips or other flavored chips

1/2 cup dried fruit

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put oatmeal on a baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake the oatmeal for 7-10 minutes stirring once halfway through. Bake until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.

Cream butter and sugars together until mixture is light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.

In a separate bowl, mix flours, oatmeal, ground flaxseed, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Stir into creamed mixture. Add nuts, chocolate chips, and dried fruit. Mix until blended.

Place a heaping teaspoon on a greased cookie sheet, leaving two inches between cookies. Bake for 8 -10 minutes.

SERVINGS

Makes 50 cookies.

EVENT

North Coast Credit Union will host the annual Bite of Skagit from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Swinomish Casino and Lodge Waterfront Park, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes. For information on sponsoring or participating, please contact Carol Anderson at 360-395-4009 or canderson@northcoastcu.com. For more on Bite of Skagit , go to biteofskagit.org.

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