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Tuesday Night Baking – Spreads Cookies

on June 11, 2014

I first heard about these “Spreads” from the Food Librarian’s site (if you’re not a regular visitor there, you need to be) and they really appealed to me. They’re originally from the Pioneer Woman (over at Tasty Kitchen) and she tells how when she was a little girl her brother called them “spreads” because you spread the cookie dough onto a baking sheet and then you spread on the melted chocolate chips. What they need to be called is “That was just too easy – What’s the Catch?” Cookies.

Iseult and friends had a little get together last night and I made this for them – super easy and gobbled up so quick (I blinked and suddenly there were only crumbs left on the plate – teenage girls can put some serious food away).

The idea truly is genius – the mixed-by-hand dough has the buttery-brown-sugary taste of the best chocolate chip cookies; you spread it on an ungreased baking sheet; once it’s baked, you throw chocolate chips on it and return to the oven for a couple minutes.  Then you spread on the chocolate chips. Then the fun starts.  Add teddy grahams and mini marshmallows; add M&M ™ or finely chopped nuts. Maybe a mixture of PB chips. I’m going to make these again and substitute some cocoa powder for the flour and use PB chips.

Anyhoo….here’s the recipe and make sure to check out more yumminess at the Food Librarian and Tasty Kitchen.

• 1 cup light brown sugar
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temperature (I used salted – also, unlike the original recipe I did use butter instead of margarine, because I never have margarine in the house)
• 1 whole egg
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• ½ tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• 8oz chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

With a wooden spoon or heavy-duty spatula, mix the brown sugar and butter together until creamy then add the egg and mix well. Add the vanilla and salt; then add the flour and mix the whole thing.

At this point, someone should offer to be the sacrificial penguin and taste the dough, fearless in the face of raw egg (everybody in my house fights for the right to brave the risk of salmonella poisoning just to have that heavenly mouthful of raw cookie dough). I don’t actually need to put it in writing that that you should exercise your own good judgment regarding the consumption of raw eggs, do I?

Spread the dough onto a cookie-sheet to a thickness of about ¼ – ½ inch

Bake the cookie for 15 to 20 minutes or until it’s ever-so-slightly browned.

Pull the cookie out of the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the surface. Return to the oven for one minute to soften the chips; then remove and spread the melty chips all over the surface of the cookie. Cut into squares and…..TA DA!!! That’s It!

For a fun kid thing; divide the dough so that each child has a cookie to spread and decorate.

Go Crazy and Happy Baking!


There were a lot more than this; I had to fight just to get a picture of these few that were left.



2 responses to “Tuesday Night Baking – Spreads Cookies

  1. FuzzieWuzzie says:

    Maeve, this is completely off topic but, too funny to not share.

    One youtube commenter thought the policeman at the end was a diguised girl bear!

    • Maeve says:

      That’s hysterical Fuzzie! I love those videos of the bears lumbering into people’s back yards especially the cubs. Of course, I’m glad they’re not wandering into MY yard LOL

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