Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cap'n Crunch Cookies


When is the last time you had Cap'n Crunch cereal?  Before these cookies my answer would have been sometime in Middle School!  I really do not eat too much cereal nowadays, but these cookies may have changed my breakfast routine.


Cap'n Crunch happens to be the favorite cereal of one of my (adult) cousins who lives nearby.  It just so happened that a few days after I came across this recipe Cap'n Crunch came up in conversation.  I had an AH-HAH moment and realized this is what I would bake for him as a congratulations for making partner in his cardiology practice.


I appreciate my one cousin's honesty that cake pops are still his favorite item that I make, but my other cousin said these were his all-time favorite.  The sweetness and crunch of the cereal combined with the browned butter makes these cookies spectacular.  The outside was crunchy but the inside was slightly chewy.  Oh my, I think I may need to go grab one right now!

Cap'n Crunch Cookies
adapted from Bourbonnatrix Bakes
(4 PointsPlus per serving)

Ingredients

2 cups Cap'n Crunch cereal, divided
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cake flour

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Process 1 1/4 cups Cap'n Crunch cereal in a food processor until finely ground.

Melt 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, until butter foams and turns light golden brown.  You will see golden brown specs in your pan and also smell a nutty aroma.

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the browned butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined and grainy.  This should take about 2 minutes.  Beat in the vanilla, egg, baking soda and salt and beat an additional 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in the processed Cap'n Crunch cereal and 1 cup cake flour until just combined.  Take the remaining Cap'n Crunch cereal and crush in a ziploc bag making sure to break in smaller pieces but leaving enough chunks that you'll be able to see the cereal in the batter.  Stir the remaining cereal into the batter until combined.

Portion dough into 2-3 Tbsp sized balls, and place on cookie sheet.  Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool 2 minutes before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 17-18 cookies.  (1 cooking = 1 serving, 4 PointsPlus per serving)


I just love the photograph below!

4 comments:

  1. LOOOOVE Cap'n Crunch! I want these so bad I may actually try to make them myself. Somebody put the fire dept on notice :)

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  2. i really like your food pictures and want to invite you to try out tastingspot.com. it's for anyone that just wants another place to submit photos and share it will other foodies. It’s still in beta version, but would love for you to start adding some photos and help get it going.

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  3. Such a fun idea. So nice of you to think of him and bake with his favorite cereal.

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  4. glad you enjoyed them! your pics look great!

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