Sweet Ecstasy Cookies
Originally published July 20, 2009, Updated on 10/10/20
I originally posted these Sweet Ecstasy Cookies recipe 11 and a half years ago, but its history goes back a lot further than that!
Sweet Ecstasy Cookies History
In its original form, Sweet Ecstasy Cookies started out as my mother’s “Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cookies”, and they were pretty good.
After moving out on my own, I tinkered with it. I think I added the peanut butter, and .. Maybe the butterscotch chips? I can’t remember. Anyway, suddenly, the “pretty good” cookies were AMAZING.
“Marriage proposal from my gay neighbour” amazing, even. (Though, he’d also “proposed” over my chili, so I think maybe he just wanted a cook, LOL).
They were also my first experience in actually getting paid for recipes. When I was in my late teens - before people would look online for recipes - I used to just straight up sell the recipe. I’d bake up a batch or two, crumble them up as samples, and sell the recipe at holiday craft markets.
Just a plain printout on paper, rolled up and tied with a ribbon. Depending on the market, I’d ask $2-5 each, and sometimes walk out with a few hundred dollars - and this was 20, 25 years ago. Always ran out of both cookie samples AND print outs!
Yeah, they’re THAT good.
Back in those days, they were nicknamed “Crack cookies” - and some other Not-quite-G-Rated nicknames - by my friends, neighbours, and random people commenting on the samples at those sales.
Blogging was a completely different beast back then - and this blog was attached to my cake business - so we decided not to call them “Crack Cookies”.
We had no idea what to name them, that would be “blog friendly” - everything kept going back to all the more adult nicknames I’d heard for them over the years.
So, I decided to call them “Sweet Ecstasy Cookies”. Still a throwback to the more, uh, colourful names ... but passable!
Sweet Ecstasy Cookies
Anyway, now you know a ton about the name, without knowing so much about the actual cookies. Whoops.
I’ve never really been a favour of “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” as a phrase, but it really does apply to these cookies.
There is a LOT going on in these cookies, and you’d think it would end up as some kind of culinary discord, but ... NOPE. Everything really comes together and compliments each other to create basically the perfect cookie.
They’re chewy, with a bit of crispy to the outsides. You get some base texture from the corn flakes, oats, and coconut, and a ton of flavour from the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, raisins, pecans, and walnuts.
On the downside, if you don’t have a bit of everything on hand, a batch of these can be WILDLY expensive to make, which is why I generally reserved these for the holidays.
On the upside, though, it makes a TON of cookies - 7 dozen or so... and most ingredients purchased will be enough for multiple batches. A bag of chocolate chips is enough for 2 batches, for instance.
These are FANTASTIC for holiday cookie trays, cookie exchanges, and for bake sales. Just remember: If you’re selling them, samples pretty much do all the work for you!
More Holiday Treats
Looking for more inspiration for your holiday goodies tray? Whether Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any of the other holidays, here are a few ideas for you!
Blood Orange Cranberry Toffee
Boozy Chocolate Haystack Cookies
Candied Orange Slices
Creme de Menthe Nanaimo Bars
Festive Easy Fudge
Gluten-Free Fruitcake Cookies
Pecan Pie Cookies
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