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Friday, April 8, 2011

Random Food Fridays - Corn Flake Cookies

Some of you may know that my day job is at the Human Assistance office. Times are hard for government employees. Cut backs have created untenable work loads and the nature of our service is changing. Efficiency is bringing in call centers and on-line applications. Some of this is change is good, but many of my colleagues talk wistfully about helping people. Most of the people I work with went into social services because of a deep calling to be of service. They want to help more than they want to perform tasks. Many of them continue to search for ways to bring meaningful help to those in need in our neighborhoods and around the world.

These cookies were part of one such effort. Several volunteers in my office organized a silent auction and bake sale to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. During one slightly extended lunch hour, they raised over $700! I contributed some marmalades and pickles and made these cookies. These cookies did pretty darn well! By the time I was able to shop they were all gone! Many folks requested the recipe. Mr. Dwayne is patiently waiting for me to make more since he only got one sample on the night I baked them.

This recipe has that interchangeable quality that I love. Feel free to substitute any yummy bits you like as long as the volume does not exceed the capacity of the batter to hold the cookies together.

Corn Flake Cookies

Bowl #1 - Whisk until well blended:
2 cups sugar
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup butter, melted
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla

Bowl #2 - Stir to combine:
4 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder

Bowl#3 - Stir to combine:
4 cups corn flakes
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped nuts

Stir the contents of bowl #2 into bowl #1. Stir the contents of bowl #3 into bowl #1. Stir until well combined.

Bake on greased cookie sheets in a preheated 350 degree oven. I used a small ice cream scoop and they took about 18 minutes.

Makes about 3 dozen large cookies.

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