Dessert is one thing we have in our house often as long as it is zero waste. There is plenty of variety in the bulk section, such as cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered almonds, etc. There is even gum in bulk. The bulk cookies are delicious but they can get expensive. Since Aaron used to be the family cookie maker, meaning the pre-made cookies from a huge tub, he decided it was time to make them from scratch. He found a simple recipe that included all of the ingredients we already had in the house. All the ingredients he used we had purchased from the bulk section except the butter. We buy butter in a paper carton and we burn it in our fire pit when we are finished. We mix the ash with our compost to provide nutrients for the soil in our garden. Aaron's cookies were cost effective, simple to make, zero waste and delicious.
Aaron's zero waste cookies:
2 1/4 cups flour
1-2 cups chocolate chips (we used 1 1/2 which was plenty)
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs (we get fresh from our neighbors)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup butter (not from bulk)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix flour, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl.
Mix sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract and butter in a large bowl. Mix with mixer. Then mix in eggs (one at a time).
Pour in flour mixture into larger bowl.
Add chocolate chips.
Mix until smooth.
Drop mixture onto ungreased pan and bake for about 10 minutes.