August 26, 2004
Trail Mix Cookies

recipe thursdayJo brought the most excellent trail mix on our camping trip—dried figs, dates, apricots, bananas, ginger, papaya, raisins, and sultanas mixed with peanuts, almonds, pistachios, and cashews. There was a bit more than we needed, and I snagged a bag to bring home.

I turned them into bar cookies—oat-rich, chewy, slightly crumbly nuggets of camping memories. They make a delicious breakfast, too.

Trail Mix Cookies
makes 20 cookies

1 cup trail mix (fruit and nut mix, no chocolate)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt

Chop the trail mix until everything’s about the size of a raisin. Add to the dry ingredients. Cream the butter, sugar and egg. Combine the wet and dry mixtures. Spread in a greased 8 x 10 pan and bake at 350/180 for about 15 minutes. Cut into bars or squares while still slightly warm.

Posted by kuri at August 26, 2004 06:36 AM


Why the baking powder.

Posted by: anjuanzan on August 26, 2004 01:49 PM

The baking powder adds a bit of leavening; without it, the cookies would be extra dense.

Posted by: Kristen on August 26, 2004 02:43 PM

Scrump! Sounds textured, which I like.

Posted by: Jenny on August 27, 2004 01:53 AM

Great idea kristen.You know what I was also thinking of doing something with the couple of bags that I inherited(thanks Jo!).My idea was on a more savoury note.I was thinking about bread! Alas I dont have a bread maker or a good recipe for a loaf! Any ideas!?

Posted by: sarah on August 29, 2004 08:54 PM

I find baking powder taints food with its strong aftertaste - so I don’t buy it and I don’t use it. Should you be interested in a substitute you may try:

1 teaspoon baking powder=
1/4 teaspoon baking soda, plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar.

I originally surfed in seeking the elusive fisherman’s pant pattern and have since noticed that you are indeed a prolific tinker. I’ve enjoyed reading your essays and reflections, and in return have decided to share one of my favorite recipes.

Burried in a worn, cloth-bound garden book squeezed to the back shelf by haute couture gardening tomes, I came upon a beautiful recipe. See for yourself.

Clove Cookies
1/2 c. melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 tsp. ground cloves

The recipe even looks beautiful on paper. Really they are the superlative cookie.

In one small bowl:
Stir sugar into melted butter until blended.
Stir in vanilla.
Beat in the egg until smooth.

In another small bowl:
Stir flour and clove together.

Stir flour into the butter and mix till blended.

Drop batter by level tsp. onto cookie sheet 2” apart.
Bake till edges are golden and puffy.
12 minutes @ 350 deg.

Cookies are done when the tops start to crinkle & collapse.

Cool cookies in pan for 30 seconds and then remove and cool on a wire rack.

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

This recipe is over 100 years old, and notice, no baking powder.

Posted by: anjuanzan on September 25, 2004 11:32 AM
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