Anything Goes Cookies

Okay, so if you're not on the Vegan Banana Carob Chip Cookie bandwagon, I think I have something for you today.

The Anything Goes Cookie was invented last night when I wanted to empty out my little baking cupboard that I store ingredients in.

Does anyone use the word cupboard anymore? If we're not using it anymore, let me know. I don't think I've said or written it in years. I guess I'll continue to use "cupboard" because I can't think of another word for it. I think that's what happened to my grandma and the word davenport. No one ever told her that davenports are called couches and sofas now.


But anyway, I had a little bit of mini chocolate chips, a little bit of white chocolate chips, a handful of chopped walnuts, a couple of Oreos and two peanut butter cups leftover from baking projects. All of the ingredients would tumble out and fall on the counter when I opened it up. I decided to throw everything in a cookie recipe.

This recipe makes a small batch of cookies, and the yield depends on how many ingredients you add and how big you make them. I ended up with 12 big cookies and they were GOOD.


Oh, and I threw in some chopped up flat pretzels, too. Flat pretzels are my favorite snack; they go well with hummus. Or peanut butter and a glass of chocolate milk.

I figured the saltiness would go well with all of the sweet chocolate and sugar in the cookie. I used browned butter in these as well, because I use browned butter whenever I possibly can.


Well, I hope you have a good weekend and have fun with whatever you're doing.

Today I'm doing a bread baking experiment, then a dairy making experiment, and then I think I'll go stock up on some ingredients for my empty cupboard.

Wait, it's a cabinet, not a cupboard. I don't know why I called it that. I'm getting old.


Anything Goes Cookies

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cake flour
1/3 cup bread flour
Add-ins (chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter cups, Oreos, nuts, pretzels, etc.)

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 1-2 minutes, whisking frequently, until butter foams and starts to brown. Pour butter into a large mixing bowl.

In large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined - about 1 minute. Beat in egg until mixture is light and airy - about 2 minutes. Beat in oil, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in cake flour and bread flour until just combined. Stir in the add-ins until combined. Chill dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until cold.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown around edges. Cool 1 minute before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 1 dozen cookies


  1. those are some monstrous cookies! whoa mama. love it.


  2. These sound amazing, may have to try them out :)
    We still call them cupboards, can't imagine calling them cabinets either, but maybe thats just the English!

  3. I love your recipe; it is filled with the sort of ingredients I have on hand always! Very useful indeed.

    Ps. I definitely still use 'cupboard.'

  4. I am sure ppl ask you this on EVERY post...but what lens do you use? I have read your faq camera post and either the stock 17-55mm zoom or a macro lens. I read that I think.

    And just a light reflector/light box?

    Do you photo edit?

    Sorry to pepper you with questions but seriously Emily your photos just amaze me. The clarity, brightness, sharpness...not to mention the drool worthy recipe today!!


  5. I just recently started following your blog. I love your recipes. Why do you like browning the butter? I don't bake often! But I haven't seen browning butter before. Can you do it for any cookie recipe?

  6. Looks like a perfect combination of it!! Need some milk!!

  7. I like that kind of cookies where you can put wathever you want... Looking good.

  8. FABULOUS invention!!! Deeelicious cookies :)

  9. I call them cupboards too, even if it's wrong. Or a pantry. There are certain things I get strange looks for saying, but to me, it's normal! I love 'kitchen sink' cookies, and thse sound great with pretzels, oreos and peanut butter cups, to name a few things. Maybe I should empty out my cupboard, too.

  10. I'm definitely saying davenport from now on--I already say cupboard, so it won't be much of a stretch... And hey, a few cookies while lounging on my davenport sound pretty good to me.

  11. "I guess I'll continue to use 'cupboard' because I can't think of another word for it. I think that's what happened to my grandma and the word davenport. No one ever told her that davenports are called couches and sofas now."

    Emily, I almost spit out my coffee...I think we have the same grandma!

  12. oh no, is "cupboard" really out? I use it all the time. But I also use "pantry", and I know that one's outdated..

    I've never tried browned butter, but it sounds lovely. All your recipes look delicious and inspiring!

  13. I kind of like the word cupboard. I think we should bring it back.

    I read the paragraphy prior to the photo and then saw the photo and thought, "She didn't SAY there were pretzels in the cookies, but those look like pretzels in the cookies. Yum." I was right. Yay. I'm such a sweet-salty nut.

    Can't wait for your next crop of recipes. I'm making an apple-cherry pie this weekend for my barn's annual awards dinner. Considering all of this rain, it seems like the perfect dessert. Very comfort-food like.

  14. Oh gosh, I always say "cupboard". Actually, to me, a cabinet is something maybe freestanding and a cupboard is something installed. Does that make sense?

    You have been on such a baking binge! I envy Eric! Those cookies sound great. I love mixing and matching a bunch of things to stuff into cookies. But why the bread flour? Did you mix cake flour and bread flour to approximate REGULAR flour? Then why not just use regular flour? If you want to send me a cookie to try, I'm okay with that.

  15. Mmmm...these look tasty. I love sweet and salty desserts - I bet they'd be good with potato chips in them too. I need to make something like this one of these days - I have lots of random ingredients leftover as well.

    - Maggie

  16. Well, looks like I am going to have to have some fun this weekend making these cookies. Because my cupboard (and yes I still use cupboard) needs some cleaning out as well.

  17. I love using up odds and ends! These look great!

  18. Thanks everyone!

    I'm glad you all still call them cupboards!

    Averie, you're very nice. They're not that good. They never seem to be clear enough. I use a 60 mm macro lens or a 18-55 mm lens. I don't use a light box. I need to use my reflector more.

    Jessie, hi! Thanks for visiting. I don't brown butter for every recipe, but I do love doing it for chocolate chip cookies. It adds a nice nutty flavor.

    Lucie, :) Sounds good to me!

    Lindsay, bahaha. Do we? Does she call a freezer an ice box? Cereal as breakfast food?

    Andy, apparently it's still okay to use them!

    Rachel, that sounds good! I love apple pie.

    Sue, ohh I thought it was opposite. I'm so confused. This isn't freestanding.

    Sue, it's actually my new thing with cookies. The combination of bread/cake flour make such a good cookie.

    Maggie, chips would be excellent.

  19. I have all those ingredients at home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love recipes like that :-)

  20. Cupboard, cabinet, same thing :)

    I think if I tried to empty out my baking cabinet (cupboard) into a cookie, I'd have one heck of a cookie... and I'm with you on the browned butter. I think chocolate chip cookies are SO much better with browned butter.

  21. Cookies to clean out the cupboard are great idea! Sometimes I do the same with the refrigerator, but make soup. My mom said my grandmother used to do the same thing every Sunday and no matter the combo, she dubbed it Super Cuckoo Soup :)

  22. haha great idea!! i have bags of "little bits" in my CUPBOARD too!! these look yummy!

  23. They are like compost cookies! And then at the end, you end up with free cupboard space! Score.

  24. I love clean out the pantry recipes like this!! These look awesome Emily :)

  25. i totally say cabinet. in fact, the only time i've ever heard cupboard used is in the 'old mother hubbard' nursery rhyme. :)

  26. Definitely still say cupboard! :) It makes you hip and vintage, not old!

  27. I adore "anything goes" cookies - they sound fabulous and can accommodate what I have on hand.

  28. Love all the add in options - they sound so addicting! And I say cupboard :)

  29. ohhh good idea! And all it takes is good cookie base! We are moving soon so cleaning out the cupboard is essential. Thanks!!


  30. yum! I think we should bring back cupboard, it just sounds more fun!

  31. I still say the cupboards...and I whole hardily think we should bring back the use of the word davenport. It sounds much nicer than a couch. Now onto the cookies. They look amazing! I made something similar not to long ago. Although I threw everything on top of brownies. It's a great way to clean out the cupboards.