Hi everyone, are we back in the school routine yet? I find the first week goes well but then we kind of slip and all of a sudden there’s nothing in the cupboards for school lunches, and things go a little pear-shaped. That’s where these $250 cookies are a Godsend. The recipe makes a stack of cookies! I usually make the recipe up as directed and then divide the dough into 4 rolls. 2 rolls go into the freezer for later use. One goes into the fridge for the next time I find myself short of recess. The final roll gets cooked immediately.
This roll of dough was cooked as an after school treat so I served it with a banana smoothie. All the kids enjoyed the snack and I now have recess made for tomorrow.
Are you wondering why these cookies are called $250 Cookies? There’ s a story behind the name. It’s more like an Urban Legend and some say it’s a myth that’s been debunked but it’s a good story so I will share it.
Supposedly, a woman ordered a cookie at the Neiman Marcus cafe. She enjoyed it so much she requested the recipe from the waitress. The waitress said it would cost “two fifty.” The woman assumed the waitress meant $2.50, and agreed to the charges. When her credit card bill arrived she found she was actually charged $250. She was so annoyed that she decided to distribute the $250 cookies recipe so no one would ever pay $250 for the recipe again. Since then the recipe has been in regular circulation.
$250 Cookies – Back to School Lunchbox TreatPrint Recipe
- 300 g rolled oats
- 150 g toasted almonds
- 150 g roasted and salted macadamias pecans or walnuts
- 250 g milk chocolate broken into pieces
- 250 g chocolate chips
- 150 g brown sugar
- 220 g white sugar
- 250 g Butter
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 250 g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line several baking sheets with baking paper and set aside.
- Place oats into a food processor and process until quite fine. Reserve in a large bowl for later.
- Process nuts and chocolate to break them down slightly. Add them to the reserved oats.
- Add the flour and the bicarb soda, baking powder and salt to the bowl and stir to combine.
- In a mixmaster beat the butter until pale.
- Add sugar to the butter and continue to mix.
- Mix in the eggs and vanilla to the butter. Continue to beat and the mixture is pale and well combined.
- Pour the butter mixture into the nuts, and stir by hand.
- Once combined divided the mixture into 4 portions.
- Roll mixture into 4 logs and wrap in plastic wrap.
- Store 2 logs in the freezer for later use. Put 2 logs in the fridge.
- Leave the dough for 20 minutes in the fridge so it can firm up.
- Remove a roll of dough from the fridge and cut into 1cm thick slices.
- Place the dough rounds on the prepared baking sheets leaving room for spreading.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks and store in airtight container.
What makes this chocolate chip cookie so delicious is the inclusion of ground oats with lots of delicious chocolate!
I may sound like an organised mum but I’m not really. It’s the little things I do that save me from being a very disorganised mum. Always having a cookie roll in the fridge means if I know I have no treats in the house I can put these in the oven before school and the kids have fresh cookies to pack for lunch.
I also like the recipe for $250 Cookies because it has more rolled oats and nuts than flour, so I feel it’s a good nutritional compromise. Yes, they include sugar and chocolate but the kids like them and don’t even realise how much fibre and protein they are getting.
So bookmark or pin the recipe and you will always have a few rolls of cookie dough “up your sleeve.” Here is another delicious cookie recipe that you can store in the fridge for emergencies.