Add Anything Cookies – Perfect Family Recipe

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The Only Cookie Recipe You Will Ever Need

This recipe is perfect for families.  Add Anything Cookies can easily be made into  four different varieties.  Perfect for lunches, everyone can have their favorite with very little extra work for the baker.  This is one of my favorite recipes to make for bake sales and it was a standard recipe for feeding football teams, or fixing the boy’s school lunches.
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Most drop cookies have the same basic recipe with a little variation added into the dough at the end.  I bet you can list the basic ingredients of a cookie dough, but I will share them with the measurements and method. This recipe is large, it  makes 4 dozen large cookies into four varieties.  You can easily half it and make only 2 varieties.

Add Anything Cookie Dough Recipe

1 pound butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

vanilla

4 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp soda

1/2 tsp salt

Place butter in  bowl and beat on high until its light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add white sugar and brown sugar beating very well after each addition.

Add eggs  one at a time and beat well after each egg.

Add vanilla, and you guessed it, beat well .

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, soda, and salt.

Combine the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.

Your basic dough is now done.

On to the yummy fun part.

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Add Anything Cookie Variations

Take about two cups of the cookie dough and place in a bowl (the used flour bowl works fine and no extra dishes), add up to 1 1/2 cups of goodies of your choice.   (This is a general guide,  I guess the amount of the dough, I take what looks like about 1/4 of the recipe and place it in a separate bowl. Then add the measured 1 1/2 cup variations.)
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Each variation makes a dozen big cookies.  You can do them as  a drop cookie.  These ones have caramel chips and crushed pretzels.  Mix well,  scoop out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

These are Caramel Pretzel cookies made with caramel chips and pretzels.
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Mix well scoop out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Or you can roll them.  The following cookies are peanut butter, with peanuts and coconut.
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There are endless variations, your kids may enjoy picking out some flavours to add.

Some Other Suggestions

For a simple sugar cookie, leave the dough plain,  roll into balls and then roll in sugar.

1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup pretzels, 1/2 up Skor pieces

1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup coconut, 1/2 cup peanuts

1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup Rice Krispies

1/2 cup Skor bits, 1/2 cup cornflakes cereal

1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 walnuts or pecans

1/2 cup crushed pretzels, 1/2 cup Skor pieces

1/2 cup caramel chips, 1/2 cup crushed pretzels

1/2 cup peanut butter chips, 1/2 chocolate chips

1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 coconut, roll into balls and then into sugar

The varieties are endless, use what you have.  This recipe was very helpful when I had a bunch of boys coming after football practice, or when I had to figure out weekly lunches on a budget.  Make the dough and toss in whatever you have in the cupboard.

The serving tray holds four variations;  Caramel Pretzel Cookies, Chocolate Chip Raisin and Walnut Cookies, Peanut Butter and Coconut Cookies and Peanut Butter Coconut cookies with Whole Peanuts.
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My days of making school lunches are over.  These cookies are being packed up and taken to treat the hard working grooms who look after Hubs horses.

 

 

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31 thoughts on “Add Anything Cookies – Perfect Family Recipe

    1. Hi Debbie: I totally agree, sometimes a recipe is just to feed the family. Its tried, its classic and its delicious. I am glad these appealed to you.

    1. Hi Roseann. Well their really is nothing more basic than a drop cookie, that doesn’t mean there not a family favorite. I am such a cookie monster I should be blue. Thank you for commenting.

    1. Thank you for the pin. It is a good reliable go to recipe, that you can use for a variety of occasions. Thank you for commenting and pinning. Much appreciated. Leanna

  1. Oh I love this recipe Leanna! How fun and how yummy! It really makes it the perfect family recipe that can easily be whipped up on a Sunday afternoon, when the cookie-hunger strikes!!!

    1. It would be a fun recipe to do with children, you can make the dough and the munchkins can make their own variations. Thank you for commenting Katrin. Have a great week.

    1. Hi Sandra: That’s why I love this recipe so much, it can be made to fit a wide assortment of favorite flavours. Thank you for commenting.

    1. Hi Kathleen: It most certainly is one of those recipes that feeds a group with as little effort as possible. This and cinnamon buns were a weekly thing when the house was full of footballers.

      Thanks for commenting.

    1. They are really easy to make Michelle I hope you try them. I enjoy baking whereas cooking is just a chore for me. If you make them please let me know how they turn out for you.

    1. Thank you Cathy. The idea of the recipe is that you can place any type of goodies in it the family enjoys. Glad that you found my selections appealing.

      I appreciate you writing and providing me feedback. Thanks again.

    1. Thank you, this recipe isn’t fancy but its versatile and great to have in your recipe box. Thanks for commenting.

  2. What a great recipe! I’m stopping by from the #HomeMattersParty and love this recipe. One of my daughters is on the volleyball team at her school and we try to provide snacks for the girls for each game – I’ll definitely keep this recipe on hand for future game nights. Thanks for sharing at the party, hope to catch up with you again this coming week at the #HomeMattersParty. Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

    1. Teams are the reason I used this recipe over the years. It works because you can either make different flavours, or if its last minute you can add what ever goodies already in the cupboard.

      I love the HomeMatters party, I was a cohost there for awhile and both Lorelai and Michelle taught me alot.

  3. I have a very similar recipe Leanna, but have never thought of doubling the quantity and making all those variations. What a fabulous recipe!
    Thank you for sharing at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your recipe at tonight’s party.
    Hugs,
    Kerryanne

  4. What a great recipe to have on hand – I love how creative you can get with it. Thank you for sharing your Add Anything Cookies with us at Hearth and Soul. Hope to ‘see’ you again this week!

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