“MOM! You HAVE to get Karen’s cookie recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Yes, the above statement/exclamation created an emergency situation in the household, some 20 years ago. I went into full-fledged crisis mode within milli-seconds.
Where? On a church skiing trip.
What? THE BEST COOKIES EVER!!
How? That’s your job, Mom.
So the phone call was made, the recipe secured in my now sweaty hands and the search was on for Uncle Sam Cereal.
HUH? Never heard of it? Neither had I. And I’m pretty sure it’s even harder to find today. Me? I uncovered a supply and bought a case. Yeah, it’s that hard to find.
But the good news it…you can used other cereals like plain old corn flakes or bran flakes or Special K. However, Uncle Sam gives the cookie a unique crunch to each bite and some really healthy nutrients and fiber in the process. The label says “wheat berries and flax-seed flakes” and just in case HERE is a link to the company that makes it.
Now…on to one of the BEST cookies. EVER.
Cow Chip Cookies
Note: Don’t double this recipe as it’s a big one! Unless you have a huge mixer like my 7 quart.
Preheat oven to 350°
Cream together the following:
2 cups shortening
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups flour
1 cup cocoa powder (optional)
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups Uncle Sam Cereal
2 cups oatmeal (I’ve used regular and quick)
1 large (12 oz) package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans…or more 🙂
Drop by an ice cream scoop on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes in a 350° oven.
You can sub in walnuts for pecans…but I wouldn’t 🙂
You can use half whole wheat, half white flour.
You might sub in some honey for the noted sugars…just add a little more flour to the mix. Maybe 1 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup honey and 1/2 cup extra flour.
If you can’t find the Uncle Sam Cereal, get some flax seed in the baking aisle and maybe some wheat germ, wheat bran, oat bran. Just measure up the same amounts that the cereal calls for.
And I underbake mine always…for a softer cookie.
These travel well! The are a great addition to the lunches we pack for harvests around the farm!