When the girls were small, I used to go to Costco quite a bit. What I liked about shopping at Costco were the free samples, which always entertained the girls well enough to get us through the excursions with minimal drama. I also really loved the diapers in bulk. I don’t ever remember making special trips to the grocery store at 10:00 p.m. because we were down to the last diaper, and I think the credit goes to Costco.
This being said, what I didn’t like about shopping at Costco were the storage problems following each trip. Remember how I told you my home was built in 1929, and I have closet space issues? Well, guess what? Aside from plumbing and modern appliances, my kitchen remains in the same state it was in 1929, which means I have cabinet/pantry space issues as well. There is simply no room for gallons of ketchup and a dozen boxes of rice.
I remember on one occasion, I bought Kix in bulk (someone must not have been sleeping through the night to prompt me to make such an egregious purchase mistake). As you can imagine, when I arrived home, I was faced with an unsolvable dilemma: where to put the Kix? I ultimately placed the cereal boxes on top of the dryer, but after the 10th load of laundry went in, the OCD in me kicked into overdrive, and I simply couldn’t handle looking at the Kix one more time. So I started dumping them into casseroles, cookies and granola-esque bars in an effort to use them up and get them out of eyesight. Most of these recipes don’t bear repeating, but the cookies were sort of a hit, and we still occasionally make them. In case your Christmas cookies are gone and you too have over-purchased and are desperate to get Kix out of your garage, linen closet and foyer, here you go!
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
8 cups Kix cereal
2 cups chocolate chips
Combine all except Kix and chocolate chips. Beat until fluffy. Add Kix and chocolate chips. Mix well. Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.
I’m not too sure whether to tell you to enjoy the cookies or the free space – maybe both!