Baking Cookies

On Thursday just a few of my little helpers were here so I decided it would be a great day to bake cookies.  The kids just love baking.  I like it too because it’s a great way to sneak on some practical learning.  We count and take turns.  I even let the kids that are two yet crack eggs.  They love it and love it too.

For a long time I’ve been looking for a recipe that was a cookie that Grandma Kramer made.  I think she called it a “church cookie”.  It had rice krispies and oatmeal in them.  While trolling on the computer I happen to come across a recipe that sounded similar.  I tried to print the recipe but for some reason the recipe just wouldn’t print.  I didn’t have time to play with the printer so I just grabbed a pen and paper and wrote the recipe down.  Then the kiddos and I started baking.


As we were making them I got really excited.  I thought I could make them gluten free so Kelli could eat them.
We got all the ingredients in and mixed and I put the first batch out on the pan….I was so hopeful that these were the cookies Grandma made AND that Kelli would be able to eat them too….

WRONG!!  I opened the oven door to peak at the cookies and found this…


The cookies had melted across the pan and were dripping into the bottom of the stove.

WHAT!?!!  How could this be???

Then I went back to the computer, found the recipe again and realized I had forgotten to write flour down when I wrote out the recipe.

I took the remaining dough, put it back on the mixer and added flour.  I tried the cookies in the oven again and…



The cookies are yummy and very delicious.  These might not be Grandma Kramer’s exact recipe but they sure do remind me of her cookies.  I’ll be making them again for sure only I’ll skip the whole part about omitting the flour and running the dough all over the bottom of the oven.  That part wasn’t fun.

Sadly they aren’t gluten free though….

The kids absolutely loved them….their chocolaty dirty faces and the fact that they asked for seconds is proof!  If you want the recipe follow this link.

15 thoughts on “Baking Cookies”

  1. The cookies look yummy. Little kids always seem to like cooking & baking. My two little grandkids ruined the supper their mama was making…added a bunch of salt when she wasn’t looking. She said they tried to eat it but it was just too awful. :)

    Could you put some sort of gluten free flour in the cookies so Kelli could eat them? I’m thinking rice flour or almond flour or oat flour…would one of them work? I know I would find eating gluten free to be a tough challenge.

  2. I do gluten free baking once in a while for events at church, because everyone should get dessert! My biggest hit is the Butterless, Flourless Chocolate Cookies by Francois Payard. The recipe is widely available on the web. We really like them for ice cream sandwiches too. I also found a recipe that works for cinnamon rolls. They didn’t impress me, but my friends who are gluten free said they were divine. It’s a tricky project adapting recipes for that condition.

  3. That’s awesome that the littles get to bake cookies with you. My daughter loves to spend time in the kitchen and I am so happy I have the patience! So many kids do not learn how to cook anymore. My daughter asked why she always helps…told her so she could make her family cookies and meals someday. She then told me she was going to live with me forever! :-)

  4. I think that the recipe would be good with either raisins or dried cranberries in place of the chocolate chips!

  5. I have a recipe that is called Delicious Cookies that has oatmeal & rice krispies it & are delicious. It uses a combination of oil & butter & has cream of tarter in it, so they are a little sandy. I will get the recipe out & send it to you. It is my family’s favorite.

  6. Jo, it looks like the brand of Crisp Rice you’re using isn’t Gluten-Free. It has malt flavoring, I think derived from barley which is a gluten-containing grain. Regular Rice Krispies also have malt flavoring, but the special GF Rice Krispies should work. There are other GF crispy rice cereals available as well. It’s best to find one that says gluten free right on the box. If your daughter doesn’t have celiac disease and is only mildly sensitive to gluten, you might be able to get away with the malt flavoring in that brand of crisp rice.

    As for GF flour, one of my favorites is King Arthur Flour Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Mix. King Arthur Flour built an entirely GF factory for their GF products. All their GF mixes that I’ve had (brownies, chocolate cake, yellow cake) are excellent. To find them in your area, look at: There are definitely some in Dubuque, which I think you mentioned when talking about a road trip. However, if you put Dubuque into that website, note that it puts up the wrong zip code so the info is wrong. The correct zip is 52001. (Former Dubuque-er here.)

    It’s so thoughtful of you to want to make some GF cookies for your daughter. Shortly after I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I went to visit my sister. My grown niece had made me 2 kinds of naturally GF cookies (meringues and macaroons) and I was so touched that I burst into tears! They were delicious, too! :)

    1. I agree on all points. Also Bob’s Red Mill makes a good GF flour blend that can be substituted 1:1 in your regular recipes. I sometimes find it at our local Fleet Farm, of all places. I’ve also had good luck with Walmart’s GF flour blend as well. Been GF for 14 years and now it’s just second nature to figure out a substitution for regular flour. My usual go-to, if I don’t have one of the above mixes on hand, is making a blend of my own that is one-third rice flour, one-third sorghum flour, and one-third tapioca starch/flour, plus 1/2 t. xanthan gum per cup of this when I make a recipe. I’ve used it in many of Jo’s recipes from this blog, and it works great.

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  8. I followed the link for rice krispie cookies and it took me to not the recipe itself. So how do I get this recipe please? Thank you & have a great day!

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  10. we made a cookie called Ranger cookies. Rice Krispies and Oatmeal. Some call for coconut but I don’t like it so I use a recipe that doesn’t use it. That first batch gave me a giggle. I think Kelli could have eaten those! LOL pam

  11. This is very similar to cookies my mom used to make! One of my all-time favorites! I think my mom used to toast the Rice Krispies in the oven for a few minutes – makes them a little crispier. Just a thought. I just might have to do some baking tomorrow!

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