I don’t buy much in the way of convenience food, so even when the pantry and fridge are bursting at the seams, my son is right when he says “Mooooom, there’s nothing to eat”–because although there may be 50 pounds of various meats in the fridge, and many assorted grains and veggies, he doesn’t cook. He CAN cook, but he simply chooses NOT to.
He is limited to the ramen noodles that I buy him by the case, which he WILL cook, and to cereal, which he never eats.
What kind of kid doesn’t eat cereal? And it’s not because I buy stuff like All-Bran and Granola, because I don’t. Cereal is the one thing that I buy the sugariest, most processed varieties, because, listen up:
“My name is Christine, and I am a junk cereal junky”
I don’t actually buy it often, because I know this about myself…..But…..I love, love, LOVE Captain Crunch, Apple Jacks, Fruity Pebbles, and Super Sugar Crisp. But the Captain is my favorite. Regular. with Crunchberries. Peanut Butter Crunch. All of it. But the original is my personal Waterloo. It is my favorite late night snack. I put it on my ice cream, and use it for the BEST fried shrimp and chicken tender breading you could ever eat. FOR REAL! Don’t believe me? Check out my recipe for Captain Crunch Fried Shrimp by clicking RIGHT HERE.
I have long been daydreaming of making a cookie with Captain Crunch…Can you imagine how much crispy buttery goodness?
I finally went and bought the stuff, and also happened to notice that now they sell tiny Rolos and Snickers, about ½” in size—and wouldn’t those make great substitutes for chocolate chips?
So, last night I played with cookie dough…A lot.
I made one dough, and three different batches of cookies—Captain Crunch and Marshmallow, Rolo and Salted Pretzel, and Mini Snickers….
The Captain Crunch and Marshmallow, as predicted, are my FAVORITE new cookie…
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 t salt
- 1 t baking soda
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 cups “fixin’s” of your choice (see below for suggestions)
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars until well mixed. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, salt and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, one half at a time, beating until well combined. Carefully fold in your fixin’s. Using either a 2” cookie dough scoop, or walnut size pieces of dough, drop rounds 3 inches apart onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes (I like mine a little gooey, so I do 12)
Allow to cool on sheet for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
Captain Crunch and Marshmallow—fold in 1 ½ cups each of Captain Crunch cereal and miniature marshmallows
Rolo and Salted Pretzels—fold in 1 ½ cups crushed pretzel rods and tiny Rolo candies
Snickers—fold in three cups of tiny Snickers
Cracker Jack—fold in one cup each of kettle corn, peanuts, and toffee chips
Try whatever you wish…if it sounds good, try it. The worst case scenario is it doesn’t turn out. Try something else. Have fun.
PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD.