Every once in a while I will make something he really likes, and he will say something like, "What did you put in this? You should write it down so you can make it again."
The down-side to never using a recipe is you can rarely create the same dish twice. The up-side to never using a recipe is you never eat the same thing twice!
So, today, when I decided I wanted a rich, fall flavored cookie, I did some Google searches with various combinations of the following words: oats, pecans, chocolate chips, and maple syrup. I found nothing that was exactly what I wanted; so -big surprise - I improvised. Truth be known, had I found a recipe that sounded really awesome, I probably still would have changed something.
What follows is the recipe to what I am calling "Everything Granola Cookies," because I basically threw every ingredient from every recipe I found that I liked, plus a few more ingredients not listed on any recipes.
Everything Granola Cookies
Preheat oven to 375.
1 stick butter, softened
*FYI: when in a pinch, I have realized I can use the microwave on defrost setting to soften the butter without melting it completely!
1/2 c. sunbutter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. raw sugar
While mixing on low speed, add:
2 T. maple syrup
1 t. vanilla
Mix in a separate bowl:
1 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
Add flour mixture to egg mixture, mixing by hand.
3 c. oats
1 c. pecans
1 bag of chocolate chips
Scoop by rounded spoonful on stone cookie sheet and bake 10 mins.