Better than Grandma’s Cookies!!! ( Shh don’t tell her we said that!) 

It’s National Dessert Day and we decided to celebrate by making some amazing cookies!

The cookies are loaded with chocolate chips, coconut, and walnuts. They’re a soft yet very hearty cookie that’s brimming with chewiness and texture from the oats, coconut, and nuts. If you don’t like coconut, make the cookies linked in the post. If you don’t like nuts, omit them. If you prefer raisins to chocolate, make that simple swap. The recipe makes one dozen larger, bakery-style cookies but can easily be doubled if you need more. The dough can be made in advance so you have the option to bake only as many cookies as needed at any given time. Warm, fresh cookies can’t be beat.

Yield: about 12 med/large cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

 

Cook Time: about 11 to 13 minutes

Total Time: 3+ hours, for dough chilling

Ingredients:

1 large egg
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (pecans may be substituted; or nuts may be omitted)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 heaping cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the egg, butter, sugars, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the oats, flour, coconut, walnuts, baking soda, salt to taste, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the chocolate chips, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  4. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 12 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly. Tip – Strategically place a few chocolate chips on top of each mound of dough by taking chips from the underside and adding them on top.
  5. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 11 t0 13 minutes (for super soft cookies, longer for more well-done cookies), or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center; don’t overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don’t use a rack.
  7. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

To hear more about this recipe go to 

http://www.averiecooks.com/2014/12/loaded-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

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