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Food: Oatmeal Packet Cookies

If you're like us, you love those huge boxes of flavored instant oatmeal packets from the local membership warehouse. They're fun, convenient, and contain enough pseudo-food to satisfy a small army.

Unfortunately, there's always some flavor in the boxes that no one in the household will eat. Packets of the unwanted flavor accumulate endlessly, taking over the kitchen cabinets and eventually sprouting vermin.

Until now, that is. Using our recipe, you can recycle the unloved oatmeal packets into a steaming plate of unhealthy, sugar- and fat-laden cookies.

If your family doesn't like these, tell the lazy ingrates to get off their rumps and make their own darned cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • 6 packets flavored instant oatmeal
  • 1 c flour

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except flour and oatmeal packets. Stir in flour and oatmeal packets. (The mixture will be sticky due to the milk. If you prefer crisp cookies to chewy ones, eliminate the milk. If you like your cookies chewy and cakey, add an extra tablespoon of milk.)

Roll dough into 1 1/2" balls and drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet, about 2" apart. Smash the balls down to a thickness of about half an inch.

Bake until light brown, about ten minutes. Allow to cool on cookie sheet briefly, then remove to a rack to finish cooling.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies


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