This is how I get rid of our extra plain, boring shredded wheat that no one really wants to eat. They are crunchy, but still soft. To my taste buds, they fashion a taste somewhere in between peanut butter cookies and oatmeal cookies, but with a crunchy aspect to them, paired with a hint of chocolatey goodness. The baking time is for a couple batches, but it will vary depending on how big your oven and/or baking sheets are.
- 2 3⁄4 cups shredded wheat cereal (You can use plain or frosted or any fancy flavor you choose to take advantage of. The taste will obv)
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips, divided
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a large baking sheet or two.
- Combine the shredded wheat and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips in the food processor. Blend until it is finely ground.
- Cream together the butter and the two sugars in a very large bowl.
- Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Stir in the shredded wheat mixture.
- Add the remaining chocolate chips. Feel free to experiment with adding other things like white chocolate or dark chocolate chips, nuts, M&M's, toffee pieces, anything you like.
- Drop by flat tablespoons onto the lightly greased baking sheets and pop them into the oven.
- Check them after 8 minutes or so. Depending on the pan you use, they could be done or it could take as much as 12-15 minutes.
- Pull them out when the edges are slightly browned and the middle looks soft and squishy, but isn't doughy.
- Make sure you cool them completely before packing in an airtight container. When they are suitable to pack, they can stay at room temperature for awhile.