So yesterday, I got a little creative in the kitchen. As it turns out, that creativity paid off in a big way…in the form of some pretty amazing cookies.
I noticed last week that Attune Foods was having a recipe contest for December, with the challenge of making an original homemade gift recipe, using one of their products.
Lucky for me, I realized that I had a fresh box of Uncle Sam Strawberry Cereal in my pantry, so I decided to play around with that.
Since I know that Attune is passionate about using pure, wholesome ingredients, I did my best to incorporate some better-for-you ingredients. No matter how you swing it, a cookie is a cookie; but that doesn’t mean that you can’t try to use some healthier fats, such as the canola oil and dark chocolate that are seen in this recipe, along with the addition of the cereal for some added fiber. Also, make sure not to skip out on the almond extract; it gives the cookies their unique flavor!
Since this month’s challenge was for a homemade gift, that only further convinced me to go the cookie route. I mean really, who doesn’t enjoy getting cookies as a gift, right?
To turn cookies into a gift is easy peasy; tie them up in a pretty holiday ribbon, add a bow, use some nice, festive packaging, and maybe even add in a holiday-themed recipe card.
Uncle Sam’s Crispy Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes
- Yield: Approximately 3 dozen
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups Uncle Sam Strawberry Cereal
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line an aluminum baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
Cream butter and both sugars in a mixing bowl; beat in egg, vanilla extract and almond extract. Mix in oil until fully blended and smooth.
Add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated; stir in Uncle Sam Strawberry cereal and dark chocolate chips until just combined.
Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 to 12, until edges are slightly golden brown. Allow cookies to cool 1 to 2 minutes on cookie sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely. ENJOY!
These cookies are the perfect combination of chewy cookie + crispy insides, thanks to the crunchy cereal pieces throughout the cookie. The texture is very reminiscent of what you’d expect from adding crispy rice cereal, which has always been one of my favorite cookies that my mom makes.
They’re definitely a “winner” – well, in my opinion at least. 😉
“All statements about Attune Foods, its products, or the Cooking Challenges Recipe Contest are my own. This post is part of- and made as a condition to- my entry in the Attune Foods Cooking Challenges Recipe Contest.”