Recipe: Chocolate Cheerio Cookies

Chocolate Cheerio Cookies
For Atti’s birthday last week I wanted to bring a special treat to his class to share with all the other kids. I started thinking about what treat would make Atti the very happiest, and the truth is that, still, nothing makes him happier than a pile of Cheerios. He loves him some chocolate, and he loves cookies, but he would give up all other food quite happily for his beloved Cheerios. For his birthday treat, I decided to take those three things he loves best, and combine them into one thing that would totally blow his mind.

Chocolate Cheerio Cookies

2 Cups flour
3/4 C cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 C butter
2 C sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 C cheerios

Sift the dry ingredients, except the cheerios, together and set aside. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the dry mixture, mixing as you go until it’s well blended. Stir in the cheerios by hand, mixing thoroughly.

Preheat oven to 350. Drop the dough by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake until set, about 12 minutes, 15 for more of a crunch.

These offer that salty sweet combo that is my kryptonite. I don’t know who liked them more, me or Atti. No. Strike that. Atti liked them more. He shoved them in his mouth like Cookie Monster. The teachers all ate some too, which I think is the sign of a seriously successful treat. Fun and tasty enough for kids, grown-up enough for grown-ups.