You ‘oat’ to bake these cookies today

I’ve been in the mood for cookies lately, so last week I tried a new recipe.

I scrolled through potential recipes, looking for one that would save me a trip to the store, and I stumbled on one for oatmeal coconut pecan cookies. I happened to have everything I needed in my pantry, so I went to work.

The first batch of cookies came out of the oven, and I realized my mistake quickly: these were too delicious to keep in the house.

I’m not sure how many of them we ate before I managed to take the batch over to the high school, where I was substitute teaching for the day, and abandoned them in the teacher’s lounge—the best place to get rid of excess food, I’ve discovered.

Before the day was out, I had several requests for the recipe, and my Tupperware container merely contained crumbs.

I dodged a caloric bullet, but those cookies were too good not to make again, so I’m sure I’ll be fighting them again in the future.

If you want to fight the urge to eat an entire batch of cookies by yourself, I highly recommend making this recipe soon.

I found it on a blog by Sherri and Greg Hall called “Watch Learn Eat” at http://watchlearneat.com/oatmeal-coconut-pecan-cookies/. I didn’t double the vanilla like I often do, because they already put a lot in there, but I definitely doubled the cinnamon.

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Oatmeal Coconut Pecan Cookies

Ingredients

2 sticks butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

1-1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 heaping teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2-1/2 cups quick oats

1 cup pecans, finely chopped

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl.

Stir in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and quick oats.

Now toss in the pecans and coconut flakes.

Once everything is combined well, roll the dough into one-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. (Mine barely spread, so after the first batch, I only placed them about an inch apart, but I don’t know if that’s typical or not for this recipe.)

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned.

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One friend said these tasted a lot like the cereal Honey Bunches of Oats, which was a really good description and also explained why I liked this recipe so much.

All I can recommend is that you either use this recipe to exercise a lot of self control or make sure you have some folks to share with.

Then again, if you eat the whole batch yourself, I promise I won’t judge you. It’s an understandable reaction.

Lindsey Young is managing editor of The Clarion, the Kansas Publishing Ventures newspaper in Andale. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.

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