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Sweep the Kitchen Cookies

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Switching up a favorite recipe can be a real time saver, especially for a party dessert table. For these “Sweep-the-Kitchen” cookies, use the basic batter recipe and include a variety of add-ins to introduce a range of flavors. This is also a useful technique if you just want to make a big batch of the basic recipe, split the batter in half (or thirds, or fourths) and add whatever extras best suit your family. You can even bake a few and make cookie dough logs to freeze for easy future baking.


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Sweep the Kitchen Cookies

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  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • (or another nut butter, and this is optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350; use the middle rack for baking.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl or mixer, combine and process the butter, peanut butter, egg, vanilla, and salt until creamy.
  4. Slowly add flour, baking soda, oats, and last, add brown and white sugars.
  5. Add your chosen mix-in ingredients. For the version pictured here, the add-ins were chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, raisins, butter scotch chips and walnuts.
  6. Make balls (or simply heaping spoonfuls) about 1 1/2 tablespoon sized with your batter.
  7. Place them about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Start watching after 7 or 8 minutes because cookies can burn easily, depending on how your stove is calibrated. These cookies are lightly browned when done. They continue to cook as they cool. If you want them to be softer, you might want to take them out at about 8 minutes.


  • This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.


  • Calories: 5352
  • Sugar: 428
  • Sodium: 3240
  • Fat: 229
  • Saturated Fat: 102
  • Unsaturated Fat: 106
  • Trans Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 759
  • Protein: 95
  • Cholesterol: 550

Other add-in potentials?  Peanut butter chips, Heath Bar chips, coconut flakes, chocolate chunks, dates, cranberries, M & M’s or other small candies, other nuts, etc. Sweep your kitchen and be inventive!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.