Monday, December 17, 2007

Crispy Chocolate Jumbles

The name “jumble” is an old one which evolved from a type of cookie known as a jumball. Unlike the traditional jumballs, which were rolled and shaped into knots, today’s jumbles seem to be plain old drop cookies that happen to be a jumble of ingredients. When you make these crispy jumbles, you’ll see what I mean. They are chock-full of goodies. Because of this, you’ll want to use the best, most flavorful chocolate chips and dried cranberries/cherries you can find.

Crispy Chocolate Jumbles

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups crispy rice cereal
(Rice Krispies)

2 cups of semi sweet chocolate
1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly stir together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

Cream butter and sugar for 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat for about 30 seconds. Stir in the flour mixture; stir in the cereal, chocolate chips and dried cranberries just until mixed. If using, go ahead and add the pecans.

Drop by well-rounded teaspoonfuls on a lightly greased baking sheet; bake until golden, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

My yield was close to 4 dozen. If you use tablespoons rather than rounded teaspoonfuls, you’ll get close to 3 dozen

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