Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Give It Your All Cookies

Tomorrow would have marked my mother's ninety-fourth birthday; she passed away in 1987 at the age of 67 from a brain tumor and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss her and her words of wisdom.  Today, I was inspired by some of those words..."no matter what, Give It Your All!"

I've lived those words all my life and they have served me well.  However, it wasn't just her words that inspired me with this recipe, but her kooky food combinations.  This woman ate Cheetos & Marshmallow Fluff, Chocolate & Potato Chips (okay, that one I also like) and who do you think got me hooked on Peanut Butter & Pickle.  Yes, that would be Mom.  So these cookies represent those unusual combinations that are waiting to be discovered.  Today, they started with a new candy out by Butterfinger--Peanut Butter Cups and Toasted Hazelnut Flour.

Give It Your All Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
1 T Vanilla extract
1/2 cup Toasted Hazelnut Flour
2 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup Cocoa Krispies
4 pkgs. Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups, chopped
1/2 cup pretzels, crushed

Preheat the oven to 350F-degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together thoroughly.  Add the egg and a yolk and mix again.  Add the vanilla and beat until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Mix together the dry ingredients and add to the dough.  Mix on medium speed to combine.  Add the Cocoa Krispies and crushed pretzels and blend together.  Finally, stir in the chopped Butterfinger pieces.  The dough will be stiff.

Use a 1/4 or 1/3 cup scoop to divided dough.  Flatten slightly with your fingers.

Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.  Allow to rest a few minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.  The recipe makes 3 1/2 dozen 2 1/2" cookies.
I could have jammed a lot more ingredients in these (i.e., coconut, dried cherries, even oatmeal) but I figured I had given them my all and like what I had combined:-D  

Thank you, Mom for all you taught me, Enjoy!



  1. Much much too young Susan....I said the same when my Dad passed away as it was also when he was 67 years old...too young and unexpected. A wise mother ....and look what she taught wonderful.

    Many thanks for your kind comments on my latest post!

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  2. I know you miss her Susan. I miss my Dad and his support of me so much. I still hear him in my head at times! Give it your all cookies, perfect! Big Hugs my friend!!


  3. My Mom has been gone a long time too. The time has passed, but I do still miss her as well. I was only in my 20's when she passed away, so I've lived most of my life without a Mom. I am thankful for the loving older ladies who stood in her place, but it still does not fill the hole she left behind.

  4. My mother has been gone three years and I am certain that I'll never stop missing her. Your cookies are rather like the modern Ranger cookie.

  5. I loved this post. Memories of your mother and the things she enjoyed. I suppose it's a good thing to have the memories, but some days, I wish very hard that my mother was still with me. Cookies sound scrumptious!

  6. what a fun combination of ingredients for these cookies. only thing I would change is the cocoa rice krispis to know mean easy does it on the chocolate.
    stamping sue

  7. Happy Birthday, Mom and thank you for everything I learned from you. I miss you every day. Thank you Sis, for the memories---love peanut butter and pickles!

  8. Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing :) PS Thought you would be interested I'm hosting a $150 giveaway for

  9. Yum... these sound good!
    Here's to your Mom...

  10. Susan I'm sure we will never stop missing our mothers. My mother's birthday was yesterday. Such a bittersweet day--"We were the lucky ones" as Isobel from Downton Abbey said. xoxo ♥

  11. I still miss my mother and it has been 32 years. My mom lived to be 49 and passed away from a heart condition. I was pregnant with Jennifer when she passed and Jen was born10 days later.
    These cookies look yummy!!!

  12. I like the combination of ingredients in these delicious looking cookies!

  13. I like the sweet and salty flavors in these cookies! My mom is still alive, but I know I will miss her immensely when she leaves this earth–it sounds like your mom taught you many wonderful things!

  14. A belated toast to your mother's memory! She was too young. I think she must have been a great lady.