Thursday, March 11, 2010

Crazy Delicious Egg-Free Cookies

Crazy Delicious Egg-Free Cookies

When I read David Lebovitz' post about Amnesty Cookies, it made me wanna dig into my pantry and see what kind of goodies I could find. I just HAD to make an egg-free version for my little cookie monster.

David actually got inspired to make his cookie from reading Adam Roberts' post about "Compost Cookies." The recipe originally came from pastry chef Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milkbar.  Basically, this cookie has everything from chocolate chips and butterscotch morsels to pretzels and potato chips.  Now, that sounds like a cookie worth sinking your teeth into. Oooooh...I can't wait! I can't wait!

Okay, so I knew I wanted to use my egg-free chocolate chip cookie recipe for the base, but what will I put in it? What insane combination will I come up with?  I had a LOT of stuff to choose from but I can't just put everything in it.  I gotta use some restraint, right?  Well, with my son's help, we narrowed it down to a choice few: Rold Gold pretzels, Ritz crackers, Lays potato chips, Nestle Toll House butterscotch morsels, Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate baking chips, dried cranberries and Oreo cookies. Yeah, I thought the last one was pretty funny too. A cookie inside a cookie? Oh yeah! Why not?

salty mixture

This is gonna be interesting...

sweet mix

Judging by the cookie dough, it looks like this is gonna be GOOD. Anyone drooling yet?

cookie dough

I used a large ice cream scoop to portion out the dough and gently pressed each cookie flat before placing them into the oven. Ooooh...look at those pretzel pieces and Oreo cookie pieces peeking through.  Be still my heart!

ready to bake

I was trying to figure out what to call these cookies but whatever I could think of just didn't sound right.  Cleaning out the pantry cookies? Everything but the kitchen sink cookies? Nah, too wordy.  Hubby even chimed in and said, "How about Meatloaf cookies? You know, because you mix all sorts of things in it, like a meatloaf." Ummm...No. Then my son took one bite of the cookie and announced, "That is one crazy delicious cookie!" That's it! Absolutely! Now, why didn't I think of that?

cookies

Crazy Delicious Egg-Free Cookies
Yields about 2 dozen cookies, 3-inches in diameter
Allergy Note: contains dairy and wheat ingredients

1 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 cups mixture of baking ingredients (dried fruit, chocolate chips, cookies)
2-3 cups mixture of snack foods (potato chips, pretzels, crackers)

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 to 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
Sift together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixer bowl, cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla. Gradually blend dry mixture into butter/sugar mixture. Add in salty mixture and sweet mixture. Stir until combined. Using a large ice cream scoop, drop the cookie dough onto the cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.  Gently press down each cookie. Bake at 350ºF for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Let cool completely before removing from cookie sheet.

Update: I tried adding 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds and they tasted uh...mazing!

UPDATE 6/29/14:
How cute are these?!? I made these fun and colorful cookies for my niece's birthday.  I added 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles and used milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips :-)


Please note: I am not a paid endorser nor did I accept any freebies of the brands or products mentioned in this post.  I just love them and wanted to share them with you :-)

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are crazy!

Art of Dessert said...

Haha! Well, what can I say? You gotta be crazy to think of combining all of this in a cookie :-)

Carolyn Jung said...

I've had the Momofuku compost cookie and loved it. If these are anywhere near as good, I'll be making them A LOT! ;)

Anne said...

I'm excited to try this recipe :)

jessica said...

I didn't try this egg-free version as I didn't have any cream cheese on hand. So I followed the link to the Momofuku Milk Bar recipe and tried it out today. I put in a broken up Pop Tart. :) I think it'll take a few more tried until they come out just right but the hubby and the kids liked 'em fine. Thanks for the post.

M D said...

Lovely recipe to be bookmarked. I am gonna try this for sure.

M D said...

Thank u for some very gorgeous egg-less recipes that u have shared on your site. I loved every recipe that I viewed here :)

Deeba PAB said...

LOOKS FAB TO ME!!! YUM!!

Julie said...

I'm so glad that there is another avid baker out there that has children with food allergies. It's always nice to see great allergen-free recipes! Thanks so much.

Aparna said...

Just discovered your blog. Love the idea of a crazy delicious cookie, especially as its egg-free!

jehan said...

Love that I found this blog! I need more egg-free baking ideas for my little one, so it was awesome finding this!

Marilyn said...

What is the proper oven temperature. It says to preheat oven to 375 degrees and later says to bake at 350 degrees.

Art of Dessert said...

Hi! Sorry for the typo. The correct temperature is 350 degrees :-)

~Cherie said...

Just want to pass along that you are my favorite food blog! Just baked these Crazy Delicious Egg-Free cookies and LOVED them. Thanks for sharing your creativity with other mom's of allergic kids!

dm said...

I'm loving your blog esp. coz a lot of them are egg-free. =) More power!

Wendy said...

Wow. Made these with the kids I nanny for today. The little boy has a friend in his class that is allergic to eggs, and it makes me sad that he can't have any of the treats when they have parties. So we made these for the Christmas program, and I can't believe they don't have eggs in them! They are soooooooo yummy. The name is perfect. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Should these cookies be stored in the refrigerator because they contain cream cheese?

Anita said...

These turned out absolutely awesome! I used Candy Cane Jo Jo cookies instead of Oreos to give it a Christmas flavor... I'm gonna make these every year for the holidays from now on. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

can we use normal sugar instead of brown sugar..n what is substitute if cream cheese is not available..pls suggest

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