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Use up leftover cereal

By on September 13, 2009

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DEAR SARA: I’m looking for a cereal-cookie recipe. I looked for the recipe on your forum, but couldn’t find it. I’m sure I saw it on your Web site. It’s a recipe that uses up small amounts of cereal left in the boxes. — Cheryl, Michigan

DEAR CHERYL: Here are two cereal-cookie recipes from the forums.

Apple Jacks Cereal Cookies

1 cup butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2-3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups Apple Jacks or Froot Loops cereal, coarsely crushed
1/3 cup sugar to roll dough balls into

Preheat oven to 400 F. Cream butter and 1-1/2 cups sugar. Mix in eggs. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined. Fold in cereal. Roll dough into small balls, and then roll into sugar. Place on a cookie sheet, and bake for 8 minutes. — Brenda, Missouri

Garbage Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup Rice Krispies
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup coconut
1 cup pecans, optional
dash salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream shortening and sugars; add eggs. Add flour, soda and baking powder. Mix in cereals, coconut, pecans, salt and vanilla. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet, and bake at 325 F for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly brown. — Pemberleyan, Alabama

DEAR SARA: I have a glass pitcher that has a small crack in it just big enough to drip a small but annoying sticky mess in my fridge. I use it to keep inexpensive drink mix prepared and on hand because my husband goes through liquids like crazy. I saw a plastic one at Kmart on clearance for $6, but I really like my glass one, so I thought I’d ask if you have suggestions on how to fix it. Right now, I am solving the problem by putting a plastic food-storage container under it. — Jodi, Florida

DEAR JODI: There are companies that repair glass. But the cost to repair could possibly be more than the cost to replace it. I don’t have any suggestions for a do-it-yourself home repair. But I don’t suggest you continue using it the way you are. It’s an accident waiting to happen. I’d use it for decorative purposes if you don’t want to throw it away. You can find a secondhand pitcher fairly easily for less than $6. It’s a good time to look for clearance pitchers in retail stores, too.

DEAR SARA: Do you have any ideas on what we can use to get oil stains off the cement driveway? My husband’s truck leaks so badly. We keep a board under it, but it still manages to stain. Any ideas are appreciated. — Kim, Michigan

DEAR KIM: Blot up as much of the oil as possible. Next, use a push broom to spread kitty litter (non-clumping) or floor dry onto it. Leave it on there overnight so it can absorb the oil. Broom that up and use a scrub brush, then scrub the driveway with Dawn dish liquid and water, and hose off with water. If there’s still some oil left, once dry, put on a pair of rubber gloves and spray oven cleaner onto the driveway. Let it set for a while. Again, wear rubber gloves and scrub with a hard-bristled brush and hose off.


  1. Ol' John

    9/18/2009 at 10:26 am

    RE: the leftover cereal, 3 cups hardly seems like leftovers. Most serving sizes are less then a cup. Ol’ John

  2. Sara Noel

    9/18/2009 at 10:36 am

    I see your point, but sometimes it might not be as fresh as you might like for eating for breakfast, but will work great baked in a treat. Or maybe you have one box with 1 cup left that’s partially stale and a new box. 🙂

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