My mom does not bake. Oh sure, she is an excellent cook, and she can whip out those delicious Indian desserts like the best of them. But a baker, she is not. So what did she do when her child needed homemade cookies for a bake sale for her tiny school where it would be more than evident when something was clearly store-bought? She looked on the back of her cereal box. (This was decades ago. There was no internet, people.)
Yup. I’m posting cereal box chocolate chip cookies today. Because it’s my mom’s recipe! Well, my mom’s recipe in that she copied it directly from the back of the box. She followed the directions exactly, wrote the precise recipe in her notebook and whipped it out whenever we ever needed cookies. But this cookie recipe is far from standard. I mean, along with the butter, flour, chocolate chip combo in any cookie recipe, you’ve got the oats, nuts and raisins.* This is a pretty amped up chocolate chip cookie.
And it’s the cookie recipe that I turn to whenever I’m feeling nostalgic. My mom always left out the vanilla and salt, because she didn’t think they added flavor (wrong.). But besides that slight switch in the recipe, I left it exactly how she made them. No portioning out of the dough into perfect balls so they bake evenly. No refrigerating the batter to ensure that the flavors have melded. No weighing of the ingredients to get the perfect balance. Nope, I made them just like she always used to.**
Rustic. Homey. You know, mom-ish. Delicious.
*I don’t like raisins. Never did, never will. In these cookies, I just think of them as squishy chocolate chips.
**This is mostly because my mom has given up baking even this one cookie recipe. She refused when I asked her to make them for me. Apparently, no more bake sales = no more cookies.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Granola (from the Quaker 100% Natural Granola Box)
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt (optional – no, really, the exact recipe said this. I think you should add it)
1 tsp. vanilla (optional, according to Mom. Again, you’re better off adding it, methinks)
1 1/2 cups cereal (Quaker 100% Natural Oats, Honey and Raisins Granola)
12 oz. pack of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs (and vanilla) and beat until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Mix it into the wet ingredients. Add the cereal and chocolate chips and stir to combine. Drop tablespoon-fulls of dough onto ungreased baking sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes, until a golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.