The debates are coming up so why not bake something to enjoy even as we may choke a bit on one or the other candidate’s political faux pas. My treat of choice, given the occasion would be Crispy Crunchy Garbage Cookies. It is a long-time favorite of my family so hope it’s good memories won’t be tainted in view of the debate.
This recipe has lots of room for additions and subtraction of ingredients although it my require a bit more or less flour in some instance but you can tell from the texture of the dough. The recipe calls for shortening which is what gives it the crunch. Want a chewier cookie, substitute butter for the shortening.
Crispy Crunchy Garbage Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Grated zest of one lemon
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup flaked cereal (raisin bran provided raisins)
½ cup roughly chopped walnuts
½ cup shredded coconut
Cream shortening and add sugars gradually, continuing to cream until light and fulffy. Add eggs, vanilla, zest, and spices. Mix well. Add flour and baking soda to blend. Fold in oats, cereal, nuts, and coconut.
Drop by tablespoons onto either a parchment lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Bake approximately ten minutes in preheated 375 degree oven. Let rest on baking sheet a moment before removing to cooling rack. Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies.
The cookies do spread but how much depends on the weather (dry or damp), your oven, etc. I always do a trial batch with about four on the baking sheet to see how much room I will actually have to allow.