Saturday, December 11, 2010

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies
My holiday baking is in full swing.  A few days ago, I made some Ginger Cookies and today I made some Chewy Oatmeal cookies.  These are the best oatmeal cookies ever.  They are a staple in my cookie exchanges.

I make both a regular batch and a batch using pistachios and dried cherries.  They both are indescribably delicious!!

Enjoy!!


Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

1-cup butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1-teaspoon vanilla
1-½ cups flour
1-teaspoon salt
1-teaspoon baking soda
1-teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups quick oats
1-cup sunflower seeds
1-cup coconut


Directions:
1.    In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
       Set aside.
2.    Cream together the butter and sugars.
3.    Add the eggs and vanilla.  Beat well.
4.    With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar
       mixture and mix well.
5.    Slowly add the oats, sunflowers seeds and coconut.  Mix well.
6.    Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least one hour.
7.    Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
8.    Measure one tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a ball.  Place on a
       cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
9.    Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges start turning a golden color.
10.Cool for two minutes; remove to a wire rack for cooling.
     When completely cooled, store in an airtight container

 Makes 3-dozen cookies.


Variation:  Substitute ½ cup pistachios and ½ cup chopped dried cherries
                   for the sunflower seeds. 



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