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Monday, July 7, 2008

Everything Cookies

Well I am back from a long and fun week at the cottage. I have been busy catching up on all your blogs. Some great Canada Day and Fourth of July blogs out there.

The week at the cottage was amazing with hot and sunny weather the entire time. I was able to enjoy swimming, relaxing on the dock, enjoy more than enough beverages and best of all just spending time with some great friends. As it was a friends cottage, they were great hosts and cooked a great meal each night (grilled chicken kebabs & salad , grilled steak & beans and pizza). It was certainly a nice break from cooking every night in a hot apartment. I did however make some cookies for the cottage to nibble on. I found this recipe from the Joy of Baking. They are called everything cookies and as you can probably guess that is because they are loaded with ingredients from raisins, nuts, chocolate to coconut and oats. The only adaptation I did was that I did not toast the nuts as suggested in the original recipe.

1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup raisins
1 cup sweetened coconut
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Then l ine two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugars until creamy and smooth (about 2 - 3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and rolled oats. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat just until incorporated (the batter will be sticky). Stir in the nuts, raisins, coconut, and chocolate chips.

Drop the batter by tablespoonfuls (can use a small ice cream scoop) onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Flatten the cookies slightly with your fingers so they are about 1/2 inch thick.

Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. The longer the cookies bake the more crisp in texture they will be. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 48 cookies

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VeggieGirl said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the cottage - especially with those delicious-looking cookies! :0)

Adam said...

Man, you weren't kidding when you said EVERYTHING cookies. I like how balanced some sweet and salty flavors throughout. Very cool.

Nice site. I like how you take a healthy, fun outlook on cooking.

eatme_delicious said...

Yum I love everything cookies!! Especially when they have coconut. These look delicious.

Forts said...

The week was great and there were many beverages and great food to choose from. These cookies are extremely addicting and in a way I hope that you never make them again as I can not stop eating them, going to have to crossfit twice as much.

Bellini Valli said...

I remember the lazy days of summer spent at the cottage ..we had a place at Lake Eugenia south of Collingwood and also later at Lions Head on the Bruce Peninsula..many happy days spent there as kids.You asked about grape leaves?Living in Ottawa they are probably readily available at some groceyr stores, if not hasve a look in your Mediterranean or Italian markets.

Parker said...

Yes they also taste better when you do not drop the entire bin on the carpet :)

I Cook4Fun said...

What a nice way to celebrate a long weekend. I just love your cookies especially when its loading with choc chips :)

Peter M said...

Parker, you summed up the Canadian weekend perfectly!

I must admit, i still like dunkin' cookies in milk.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Delicious cookies, I haven't make any for ages now... thank you for the idea! :)


Kevin said...

Those cookies look so good! I really like the coconut in them.

Sharona May said...

The Everything cookie is the BEST! I like your version of this cookie! :)

Sharona May

Jude said...

I like your blog.. We seem to have the same POV when it comes to health and nutrition.

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