Using Leftover Cookies

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Using Leftover Cookies

Using Leftover Cookies

I was looking at pie crust in my Betty Crocker cookbook and I found cookie crust. I had one of those aha moments… This would be a perfect way to use hard or overcooked cookies! From: DD

Good idea. I recently had a similar aha moment for cookies too. I have several “rejects” of my gingerbread men. They taste fine– They’re just missing a head or a leg so I can’t use them for gifts. I think I am going to use them to top my apple crisps. I will crush them, add some melted margarine or butter and sprinkle on top of my apple crisp instead of its usual topping. I thought all the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in the cookies would be really yummy on top of an apple or peach crisp.

You can also replace the graham crackers with cookies in any graham cracker crust recipe.



  1. Bea says

    Just wanted to tell you Jill and Tawra that Jello has Candy Cane Jello for Christmas and Kraft has Gingerbread Marshmallows. Yummy and cheap desserts.

  2. grizzly bear mom says

    I just leave them at the bottom of the cookie jar. After the 1a ginerbread men are consumed, the 4fs are called into service as snacks.

    In my family there is no such thing as a leftover cookie.

  3. Maggie says

    I always have one extra pie crust just for making cinnamon crisps – I roll out the dough a little thin, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. My son says if it looks like it is enough, add more. We have these as a treat Christmas and Thanksgiving while waiting for dinner to be ready. A quick and easy snack and not too much sugar for even our diabetic to have. Keeps the snacking down so everyone is hungry for dinner.
    I love the idea of using gingerbread crumbs for toppings on the desserts.

  4. Bea says

    Jill, Just wanted you to know that I took a binder of printouts to work to read on breaks etc. I review recipes and tips from your past posts and plan menus for when I get home. There are so many recipes I really enjoy. In the near future I want to make the Fruit Cream Cake, the Cheeseburger Roll, the Chicken and Dumplings using the canned chicken noodle soup, and the Chocolate Gels. You have greatly added to my lists of favorite meals. God bless you and Tawra for all your hard work and wisdom.

    • says

      Hey Bea missed you. Hope you have a nice Christmas. Tawra and all of them are on their way to my house as I write this. They were trying to get here in between storms. : ) That’s what usually happens this time of year between Colorado and Kansas. Was a little disappointed. I worked 3 days decorating the outside for the grand kids to see and half of them got blown all the way to Nebraska I think last night. We have not had one day of bad weather and here it came the night before they get here. Oh well still can’t wait to see them and I know it really wouldn’t have mattered that much.

      You put me to shame getting your menus organized and all. It is all I can do to remember to eat this time of year. I forgot lunch today until 2 and then it was just a peanut butter sandwich in one hand while I decorated the last of the gingerbread men with the other. I think I just finished my last one. Of course I thought the same thing Tues. and yesterday but hopefully this is all for this year. :)

      Anyway I hope you and all our readers have a sweet, peaceful and nice Christmas.

  5. Bea says

    Jill, Since I moved I have a new job and for security reasons we can’t go on the computer at work at all for personal reasons, or use cell phones, so on my breaks and lunch I pull out my binder of all the printouts I made from this site and decide what I want to make when for meals. Plus, I read all the other posts I printed out that you wrote for inspiration. You and Tawra have a lot in common with me, so instead of talking to people at work who I really don’t have a lot in common with, I rather read stuff from you guys! Most people I know have no INTEREST in simple living, saving money, cooking or crafts, religion or anything I enjoy so I read in my spare time.
    I made the Fruit Cream Cake for Christmas and it’s delicious. I also made Scalloped Potatoes, Maple Ham and salad for Christmas. All were your recipes and tips. Even cutting the salad into small pieces I got from you.
    I hope you all had a nice Christmas. I hope you got all your Gingerbread made Jill and had some time to relax.
    I also hope you got the card I sent.

    • says

      We did have a great Christmas Bea and I got you card. It was so cute. Loved the button ornaments on the card. It got here while Tawra was here so I got to show it to her too. I was going to drop you a line this week and thank you for it. Didn’t get much done this week because of Christmas of course and Tawra and them left just about an hour ago. Loved having them here so much and miss them all ready.

      I feel so bad because I totally forgot to send any cards this year. For some reason my gingerbread men kept me extra busy this year. I am border lining complete exhaustion this morning and for the past couple of weeks for that matter. Way over did and it was my own fault. Am going to try and get the decorations down in the next day or two then collapse for a few days.

      Any way I did love your card. It was so cute I am going to tuck it away with my decorations and use it for decorating next year. Hope you had a great Christmas too. It sounds like you ate well. :) :) Been watching you guys and all the weather you have been having and hope you are doing ok. Hope you have a Happy New Year too.

  6. Bea says

    Jill, I understand about being TOO busy. I had to spend Christmas Eve getting caught up with cleaning and laundry etc. We got out early from work. I was exhausted myself from working, baking, cooking and cleaning. I sent out my Christmas cards because I use times like that to unwind and relax. I’m glad you liked the card and am glad Tawra got to see it too. That is so nice. Whenever I see Gingerbread men I think of you. It really is a lot of work to make cut out cookies so I can imagine how hard it was for you to make so many.
    The weather here has been “interesting” to say the least. Every year it snows because we live in the Northeast but every year the same panic sweeps across people. You think they would be use to it by now. They really do overdue it sometimes and I think the weather on the news gets people all excited. I often think of the way you calmly deal with situations and do what needs to be done and I just go with the flow and try to handle the weather. Hope you really can relax some now and catch your breath.

    • says

      I agree with you on the weather Bea. I don’t know how many years we have laughed because they say – oh it is going to be 104 degrees, could be another horrible summer!!!! We laugh because – duhhhhh it is July in Kansas and that is our normal temperatures! They always make it sound so exceptional. I really appreciate a couple of the weathermen on our local stations because they don’t sensationalize the weather but are more practical in talking about it then the weather station and some other places. Our weather guys always joke that they aren’t as pretty as other weather reporters because they have to be really good at their job reporting weather in Kansas because it is right where 2 weather systems always clash which can cause the weather to be interesting to say the least.

  7. Maggie says

    Jill and Tawra,
    Just have to share a quick story about Christmas gifts from Tuesday. My son has his own apt and is a pretty good cook but makes the same things over and over again. I gave him a copy of your cookbook for Christmas and when he opened it, I told him that a lot of the recipes were very much like the ones I made him at home or that my mom made. I said he would be able to find lots of good recipes with common ingredients and not too time-consuming to make. His response was “I can’t wait to just sit down and read this. It looks like a fun book even if I don’t cook anything from it – but I know I will.” To me, this is a true cookbook lover (like me) because he wanted to read it before using it. I told him there were so many tips and witticisms in there that he would love it. Also, some easy gifts to put together and he headed straight for that section. He was going to do some reading last night, he said.
    So, thanks to both of you, for a great gift and even better cookbook. I know I love my copy. We are sending a copy to my son’s girlfriend and to my friend at work who likes to cook but doesn’t have a lot of time or money. This is the perfect cookbook for her.

    • says

      You know Maggie there have been 2 things about our book I have been so surprised about every since we first wrote it and that is one so many young guys seem to love the book and the second thing is how many people love reading it like a novel. It tickled me pink when they started telling us that. So glad you guys are liking it. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO !!!!!!!

  8. Mary Jane says

    Crumbled up old or stale cookies could be added to a cold cereal mix of your choice, or I would use it in a homemade granola recipe. Plain sugar type cookies could probably be freshened up by storing them with a fresh slice of apple in a closed container. Crushed cookie crumbs also make a great layer in a parfait dessert made with pudding or custard. Finely crushed cookies, especially spice or gingerbread ones, could be used in place of some of the flour in homemade pancake or waffle batter.


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