An alternate name for these cookies would be Cleaning out the Pantry Cookies because that’s basically what I did. I was staring at my pantry shelves trying to think of something to bake when I realized that I had accumulated so many different things from my baking exploits that they were taking over the whole space. The discouraging thing, though, was that it was maybe a half cup of this and a quarter cup of that. Not really enough to use for a single recipe. That’s when it hit me. Why not just throw it all together and see what happens?
So, I made a big batch of a basic cookie dough with flour, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Once this was mixed, I just started throwing stuff in. Pecans (of course), almonds, macadamias, and hazelnuts. Chocolate chips. And some dates, too, for good measure. At the top of this post is a handy link to the recipe. Feel free to substitute whatever you happen to have on hand. Trust me – it’s liberating.
What resulted was not pretty, but very tasty. I made them quite big, too, so you were guaranteed a little bit of everything in one cookie. As I told someone to whom I gave a bagful, if you don’t like your first bite, keep going because you may like your second. An added plus to these cookies is that I now have a bit more room in my pantry. Of course, I’m likely to fill it right back up before too long. After all, it is almost holiday baking time.