I was feeling a little down today so I headed to the kitchen to change my attitude.
What better way to do that than bake some cookies?
Not content to make the usual “off the lid of the oatmeal container” recipe, I decided to tweak it a bit and came out with a cookie that smelled fantastic while it was baking, let me sneak in an ingredient my husband says he doesn’t like but I love (coconut), and went great with an ice cold bottle of Guinness while I settled in to watch USC Basketball play Providence #BeatTheFriars.
Oatmeal Cookies With A Sweet Surprise
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 3 tsp Vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1+1/3 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 (12 oz) package milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup packed shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In the bowl of stand mixer (or a medium bowl if using a hand mixer) cream the butter, sugars, and vanilla. Mix on low speed for about a minute, then on medium for an additional minute until light and creamy.
- Add the eggs mixing on low between each addition. Mix on high for about a minute. The mixture should be pale yellow and very fluffy.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing on low until the flour disappears. Add the oats and mix on low again, just until blended.
- Add the coconut and chocolate chips mixing on low just until blended.
- Use a medium-sized cookie scoop (overflowing the scoop a bit) and place the dough on ungreased non-stick baking sheets about 2″ a part.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 12 minutes, or until the tops and edges start to turn a light golden brown.
- Remove the cookies sheets from the oven and allow the cookies to cool about 5 minutes on the pan before removing to a plate to finish cooling.
- When cookies are completely cool, store any you haven’t eaten in a tightly sealed container on the counter.
If it matters, the cookies even got my labs’ seal of approval. After I spilled half a bag of coconut on the kitchen floor, which my labs were more than happy to help clean up, they were hounding around when they came out of the oven. I gave them their own “cookies” but my black lab wasn’t satisfied with that and, even though she was SO BUSTED, I caught her standing up at the counter, as quietly as she could, eating as many cookies as she could (1 big one) before I got to her to get the plate out of her reach!
Before I get #HateMail, I know chocolate is bad for my babies, and she only got 1 cookie before I got her away from the plate, so don’t call the ASPCA on me. It wasn’t dark chocolate so it was “less” bad, she’s a 90 pound dog so plenty big to handle digesting the minimal bit of theobromine in the maybe 5 chocolate chips in the cookie she managed to eat. I love my dogs much more than I love cookies. If you want to make them puppy safe just leave the chocolate chips out of a few.
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