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Sep022011

Oatmeal Coconut Chews

Oatmeal Coconut Chews

I'm generally not a giant oatmeal cookie fan. I can be found, peering into the cookie case at any given bakery or cafe, stopping just short of asking the clerk to let me perform a biopsy on the poor cookie. When they're good, cookies are really good. When they're bad? A disappointing waste of calories. (Don't ever let this snottiness stop you from offering me a cookie from your kitchen. I adore eating other people's food, whatever else this blog might project.)

Last week, my father-in-law had knee replacement surgery. I asked my mother-in-law what I could do for them. She was in the middle of saying "Nothing, honey. We're fine," when Dick grabbed the phone and said, "Oatmeal raisin cookies!" So Loretta and I made a special delivery, and I made them again today for a picnic with Bethany at the remodel. And there were enough left over for a barbeque with my other father-in-law tonight. The kids are in bed, and I finally have a few minutes to myself, which I've been craving all day. I have a little internal pressure gauge, and since 3:00 pm today, I could feel it getting dangerously close to the red zone. I am in love with my life, but I'd go bonkers if anyone needed anything right now. 

What I needed was to be here with you. These cookies are EASY, as cookies should be, and depend on the high butter to oats ratio and watching them carefully so they don't overcook. If you're about to explode from all the people and details that need you, excape to a little corner, crouch down, and nibble one of these with an afternoon cup of coffee. It will be alright.

Oatmeal Coconut Chews
Makes about 3 dozen. 

3 1/2  c. old fashioned oats
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. unsweetened coconut chips
3/4 c. raisins
3/4 c. dried cranberries
1/4 c. coarse bakers sugar

Preheat oven to 375 and butter two baking sheets (or line with parchment).

Stir together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

Beat together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl at medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined. Add oat mixture until almost combined, then add coconut, raisins, and dried cranberries.

Form dough into balls (1 heaping tablepoon) and dip tops in baking sugar. Place aout 2 inches apart on baking sheets and bake until golden and slightly underdone, 10-12 minutes. Let cool.

Reader Comments (7)

While I am not a coconut person, these cookies do look delicious, and your advice is just perfectly timed.
I've had 2 weeks of no "flow" at work at all, and have really been struggling to focus, as people swoop in and demand my attention on something other that what I'm working on. Here's to some personal space and hitting one's own flow!
(Of course cookies help with that!)
September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret
To be here with myself. To be here with you. To settle into one's flow. To be all right. Oh God, yes. And for me it's a cup of freshly brewed English tea with a bit of milk and stevia. Okakura Kakuzo said it in the last line of his opening paragraph to The Book of Tea: "It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life."
September 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercate
Great! An oatmeal with coconut. that is wonderful.
September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTres Delicious
Taking tea breaks from this house upgrade madness to read past posts. Three April 2009 posts in a row--laughing out loud. Now, NOTHING beats a laugh for lightening the load. Thank you, Sarah. And to you readers, too.
September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercate
Adore oatmeal cookies! Like your father-in-law already knows, a good cookie will cure whatever ails you.
September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRhubarb and Venison
These look right up Ricky's alley. Oatmeal raisin are his favorites. xo
September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEm
looks yammy)) thanks for sharing)))
September 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermayra

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