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May 3, 2007 10:53 AM

ISO Cookies with Semi-Crunchy Goodness!

It seems that whenever people speak of good cookies, they talk about them being chewy and soft. But I don't like those so much. Cakey is out in my book. Are there cookie eaters like me out there?

I want my cookies to have a little bite, and not just because of added nuts. Even a little crunch is good, but I'm not looking for something that turns to dust when you bite it, and I don't lke them to be hard as rocks (excluding biscotti). I love biscotti, and I have plenty of recipes for them. But I'd love to have recipes for chocolate chip, peanut butter, etc.

Please share your more substantial cookie recipes here!


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  1. Don't forget that you can alter your favorite recipe to make them the way you like. Replace Crisco with butter and you'll get a crispier cookie. If your recipes have a 2-1 ratio of brown sugar to white sugar, switch that around. Brown sugar makes cookies chewier, while sugar makes them crispier. Just those changes should give you a very different cookie while keeping your favorite recipes.

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    1. re: katecm

      Here's a crunchy, and very sweet, cookie recipe I've used for years.

      Grapenut cookies

      Butter 1 ½ cup
      Almond extract 2 tsp.
      Sugar 1 ½ cup (plus more for topping)
      Eggs 2
      Flour 3 cups
      Baking powder 1 tsp
      Grapenuts 1 cup
      Rolled oats 1 cup

      Cream butter/sugar/extract until fluffy, beat in eggs

      Stir in baking powder. and flour, then grapenuts and oats.

      Roll into logs, chill and slice about 1/4" thick, sprinkle with granulated sugar
      or form into balls, flatten with the bottom of a glass or your fingers(damp helps in both cases), sprinkle with granulated sugar.

      they don't spread much. I use parchment paper on the cookie sheets

      Bake at 375 for 8-10min unitl just light brown around edges - burn easily

      1. re: pastrytroll

        Mmmm, I love grapenuts! Thanks for the recipe. And thank you for the info katecm! I didn't know that.

        But if anyone still has recipes, I'd love to check them out! Cookies are my favorite things!


        1. re: puppymomma

          I make a chocolate peanutbutter snickerdoodle and that add some cinnamon
          to your requests.

          1. re: bigjimbray

            Could you post the recipe for the snickerdoodle? Sounds delicious! Thanks!

      2. re: katecm

        Here's a family recipe for crunchy oatmeal cookies....just the way I like 'em!!

        1 c. salad oil
        1 c. margarine
        1 c. br. sugar
        1 c. wh. sugar
        1 c. crushed cornflakes
        1 c. oatmeal
        ½ c. coconut
        ½ c. chopped walnuts
        1 t. salt
        1 t. vanilla
        1 t. baking soda
        3 1/.2 c. flour

        Cream margarine and oil. Beat together and add both sugars. Add egg. Add corn flakes, coconut, oatmeal, and nuts. Add vanilla and flour and soda. Ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork to make them thin and
        crispy..Bake at 375 for 10 min. Makes 100 and freezes well.

      3. I like all kinds of cookies, but some kinds of cookies I prefer to be chewy, like chocolate chip. I think I might like a peanut butter cookie better if it were a little crunchy, but I haven't run across a recipe like that- might make them less rich, which is why I sometimes don't like them.

        I made these again last night, and think they have just the right amount of crunch- I LOVE these cookies, and they are going fast at work right now! They are from The Good Cookie.

        Toffee Pecan Cookies

        2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
        1 t. baking powder
        ¼ t. baking soda
        ¾ t. salt
        ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
        ¾ cup sugar
        ¾ cup brown sugar
        3 large eggs
        2 t. vanilla extract
        2 cups toffee bits, Skor or Heath
        1 ¾ cup pecans, toasted and chopped

        Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside. Beat the butter and sugars at medium-high speed until light, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. At this point, the dough will look curdled. At low speed, add the flour mixture, mixing until just blended. Stir in the toffee bits and pecans. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for 2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack.

        Also, another quick change: If you let the cookies cool entirely on the cookie sheet, it produces a chewier cookie. So, you might try removing your cookies right away to get a crunchier cookie.

        1. I love "potato chip cookies"...If you have never tried them, you must...Crunchy and tasty...Emeril does a good rendition of them on actually dips half of them, when cooked, in a chocolate sauce...I have never done this, but sounds good...Of course, I think that leather dipped in chocolate would be good!! LOL...I, myself, have shaken them in powdered sugar when done....Give them a try!

          1. I had some no cook cookies at a shower a few weeks ago. I asked for the recipe, and the woman gave me the ingredients, but said she did not measure.

            Peanut Butter ( she used creamy)
            Rice Krispies

            MAke into balls, then dip in chocolate.

            They were really good- I haven't tried them yet, but I would bet they would be fun for the kids to make, too.

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            1. re: macca

              That reminds me of a great recipe. When making chocolate chip cookies, stir in about 2 cups of Rice Krispies and substitute chopped Nestle Crunch bars for the chocolate chips. Even if you make a chewy cookie, you still get a lot of crunch.

              1. re: katecm

                that sounds good. My neice is a great choc chip cookie maker- I will give her this tip.

                1. re: katecm

                  Mrs. Field's cookie recipe book has a recipe for these..They were crunchy and very good..Especially for those of us that prefer milk chocolate...

              2. Here is my go-to crisp chocolate chip cookie recipe. Lots of others seem to like it as well:

                By the way, the picture shown is pretty bad -- mine usually come out looking much more round and flat.