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Friday, April 17, 2009

Oatmeal Coconut cookies

When the warmer weather begins to come around, many of us get spring fever. I notice that I have it when I start to bake what I consider to be "summer" desserts like lemon pies- or desserts with coconut. These cookies fit the bill, and are delicious with milk or lemonade.

1 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup of regular sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups of oats (I am using the Silver Palate Brand- which are slightly rougher and thicker)
1 3/4 cup shredded coconut, sweetened

Preheat oven to 350
Have ready 2 baking sheets lined with silpat sheets(or buttered)

Place the butter into a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute or less until the butter is light and fluffy. Add in the sugars and continue to combine for another minute. Reduce speed to low and add in the egg one at a time, then the flour, vanilla, salt, baking powder, baking soda, oats, and coconut. Mix just until a dough has formed.

Scoop out balls of dough with a small ice cream scoop (or about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough per cookie). Place on cookie sheets leaving space in between the cookies. Pat down each cookie so it is about 1/2" thick. Bake at 350 for 13-16 minutes or until golden around the edges. let cool and continue with second batch.

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