lunch box cookies

[14 Jan 2008 | By | 4 Comments]

For a short while I had two blogs, this and another called Brown Bag Blues.

I [unofficially] decommissioned that site so I could focus more on this one. But all is not lost, I plan to occasionally bring you boredom-beating brilliance to cure your brown bag blues. A few of my favorite recipes will find a new home, here.

Brown Bag Blues will be a category on this site, dedicated to providing good ideas for better lunches. Mostly, it will provide recipes that are perfect for tucking into lunches. For my own children, my brown bag agenda is to provide variety, balance, novelty~regularly tasting unfamiliar foods, and maintain/develop their curiosity toward food.

I pulled this recipe out of some random magazine a million years ago, then changed it a bit. I was excited to find a granola bar disguised as a cookie; it is still a treat but with more of a nutritional punch.

In fact, I have been known to put granola (sub varying cereals in place of cornflakes, even add a little coconut) and a variety of nuts (sunflower, walnuts, pepitas) and dried fruit right into these cookies. I will tell you the basic recipe, then you can improvise from there (note: if substituting, just stick with similar proportions):

Lunch box Cookies
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 cup flour (I use wheat)
1 cup oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 1/2 cups cornflakes cereal
2/3 cup roughly chopped pecans

Oven to 350. Beat sugars and butter; beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour, oats, soda, powder, salt just to blend. Add cereal and nuts. (If you are a dough eater, this dough rocks). Shape into ‘golf balls’ and bake for 10-12 minutes. Makes 2 dozen, though I never count.

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  • brilynn said (14 January 2008 at 6:05 pm):

    I’m always up for a good cookie recipe! These remind me of ones my Grandma used to make.

  • Rebecca said (15 January 2008 at 12:36 pm):

    I’m always on the lookout for cookie recipes that have more to them than sugar, eggs, and flour. I really like finding ones with cereal or oatmeal worked in. Not only does it give it more ‘meat’, but oftentimes more fiber and nutrients as well. Thanks for sharing this! I have 3 boys home from school in a few hours, if I get going I can get it made!

  • Jancd said (16 January 2008 at 12:52 pm):

    I made your cookies yesterday. I had to use blueberry almond crunch cereal–and the results were a nice crunchy chewy cookie that was well received by my family. Into the recipe file “to be made again” it goes. Thanks. Jancd

  • Kristen said (18 January 2008 at 8:56 pm):

    What a tasty looking cookie!