Clean out the Cupboard Cookies

Did everyone enjoy the holidays?

Did you party on New Year’s Eve?

Did you make New Year’s Resolutions?

This is what I did yesterday … cleaned out the kitchen cupboard … I found a little of this and a little of that … made a basic bar cookie and put it in the oven …


The hubby was cooking a ham on the barbeque and called me to the backyard and this is what we saw …


We live about 15 miles from the Rose Bowl … the B2 Bomber was killing time before the football game.ย  This usually happens every New Year’s Day and we never get tired of seeing it!

We live in an old house, in an old neighborhood with old overhead wiring …


I had to get back in the kitchen so that I didn’t burn the new cookie creation.ย  This is what a little of this and that looks like after its baked!

Clean out bar cookies

I guess it’s a winner … it got 6 thumbs up ๐Ÿ™‚

Clean out the Cupboard Cookies


  • 1-1/4 cups unbleached flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaping cup Mini Oreo Cookies
  • 1 cup Heath English Toffee Bits
  • 1/3 cup Kraft Caramel Bits
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 375ยฐF.ย  Grease a 9″x9″ square pan.
  2. Put butter,vanilla and sugars in a medium mixing bowl and beat well by hand or use an electric mixer.
  3. Add egg and beat well.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, salt and beat well.
  5. Spread 2/3 of cookie dough in prepared pan.
  6. Open up (separate) Oreo cookies and distribute evenly over cookie dough.
  7. Sprinkle Heath Bits evenly.
  8. Sprinkle Caramel Bits evenly.
  9. Drop remaining cookie dough on top, as evenly as possible.
  10. Sprinkle almonds on top (I did 1/2 with nuts and left 1/2 plain).
  11. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.ย  Cool and cut into squares.

Today …

I was driving down the street and hit a traffic jam …


The peacocks wander the neighborhood … never get tired of seeing them either!

HOW WAS YOUR NEW YEAR’S DAY?ย  I โ™ฅ your commentsย  ๐Ÿ™‚







13 thoughts on “Clean out the Cupboard Cookies

  1. Beautiful scenery in the sky! I love the idea of cleaning out the cupboard cookies. They look divine. Oreos, toffee bits, caramel and almonds sound so great together!!


  2. Good to see the peacocks are still there. I always enjoyed seeing them when I lived out there. Your cookies sound great. I made oatmeal raisin cookies recently and had part of a bag of Heath chips and part of a bag of butterscotch chips that I threw in. They were the best oatmeal cookies.


  3. Hi Brenda, Cleaning out the cupboards is always a great idea, but you have so many yummy things in your cupboard. If I had Heath English toffee bits and caramel bits in my cupboard they would have evaporated in nanoseconds in my house. Putting all of these lovely ingredients in bar would be delicious! Love the photo of the peacocks. I hope you had fun on your family cook out! Take care, BAM


    • I don’t have teenage boys anymore … I have two adult boys at home … three if you count the hubby! The weather has been nice … I checked out your photos on your blog … I’m glad that I don’t have to shovel all that snow! ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. We are practually neighbors. I live about 10 miles from the El Toro airfield and when they closed it I missed hearing the helecopters everyday. I love these cookies as they are like stew, you clean out everything in the freezer and when my husband makes a sandwich, the fridge gets cleaned out too. Thank you for this recipe as I always have ingredients left over and now I can use them. There is no end to the possibilties of these cookies.


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