Empty the Pantry Cookies

Cuisinart original

This recipe is very adaptable, and like the name implies, its purpose is to use whatever
you happen to have on hand for the mix-ins. You can use regular oats in place of the
quick-cooking oats, they’ll just be a bit chunkier. Use dried fruits or chopped
chocolate in place of the nuts and chips, if that is what you have, and enjoy.


Makes about 40 cookies


2    cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1    teaspoon kosher salt
20  tablespoons (2½ sticks) unsalted
       butter, room temperature and
1     cup packed light brown sugar
1     cup granulated sugar
2     teaspoons espresso powder
       (instant espresso)
2     large eggs, room temperature
2     teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2     cups quick-cooking oats
1    cup coarsely chopped walnuts or
1    cup bittersweet chocolate chips
½   cup peanut butter or butterscotch
½  cup shredded coconut
     flaked sea salt, for finishing

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per cookie:
Calories 191 (49% from fat) • carb. 19g • pro. 2g fat 9g • sat. fat 5g • chol. 24mg • sod. 84mg
calc. 2mg • fiber 1g


1. Preheat oven to 350º F with the racks in
the lower and upper third positions. Line
two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Put flour, baking soda, and salt in a
medium bowl and mix on Speed 1 to
thoroughly combine, about 30 seconds;
3. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and
sugars on Speeds 1 to 4 until light and
creamy, about 2 minutes. While mixing
on Speed 3, add eggs, one at a time, and
vanilla extract, mixing well before adding
the next egg.
4. While mixing on Speed 2, add the flour
mixture in 2 to 3 additions, allowing to
mostly mix into the dough before adding
the next addition. Add the oats in 2
additions; beat on Speed 2 after each
addition until well blended. Add nuts,
chips and coconut on Speed 2, until well
5. Scoop (about a 2-tablespoon measure)
onto the prepared baking sheets and
bake about 10 to 12 minutes, until golden
brown. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 to
3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to
cool completely.