Last week I had a bittersweet moment, sadly unrelated to chocolate. My youngest son, Stephen, entered his final year of high school. As I stood in the house, making him pose for his first day of school picture, I realized, this is my last year of high school. I will go through the final process of helping him apply and visit colleges for the Fall of 2013.
Stephen loves homemade cookies. I had some Andria's Chocolate Chip Cookies in the freezer and he has been enjoying them in his lunch every day. When my daughter, Danielle, came home for a visit, she left with the last of the frozen cookies. I told Stephen I would make more and made a deal with him. Since he was the last one at home, I would try and make homemade cookies every week or two so he could have a year of homemade cookies in his lunch.
The next batch of cookies he requested was Nannie's Oatmeal Cookies. One important ingredient in the cookies is Wheaties. I had run out of Wheaties and decided to look for a new oatmeal cookie. I wanted something that had chocolate chips and cinnamon in it. It probably sounds odd, but traditional oatmeal cookies have cinnamon and non-traditional oatmeal cookies have chocolate chips, two great flavors together.
So, off to my Best Chocolate Chip Cookie board on Pinterest. Every time I see an interesting or delicious looking chocolate chip cookie, I pin it to my board. By clicking on the picture, it takes me to the recipe page of the cookie. I found this cookie on Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice called Chocolate Chip Toffee Oatmeal Cookies. They looked good, had cinnamon and chocolate chips in the ingredients, had some coconut, too...I think I'll try these.
A quick and easy recipe, which means, I had these mixed, baking in the oven and dishes washed in 45 minutes. I love any type of drop and bake cookie. They smelled wonderful, nothing better than the smell of homemade cookies in the oven, and baked beautifully. The cookies were sweet, crunchy and chewy. I wouldn't say I'm a coconut fan, but when it is baked in cookies, you forget how good it tastes, especially with oatmeal. As they were cooling on the rack, Stephen came through the kitchen. He had his first one, then his second, third and ended with a fourth cookie. I think he liked them. I brought a few into work and they seemed to like them, too...taking one, two and three at a time.
Over the next year, I will be posting Stephen's cookie favorites as well as new cookie recipes which I will make for his lunch. I have to remember that Stephen isn't an only child, so some cookie packages will be sent to his brothers and sister in Philadelphia, PA as well as Columbia, MO and South Boston, MA. They get a little disappointed when we don't share our cookies!
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Heath Bar Bits
1 cup of butter, softened
2 cups of light brown sugar, slightly packed
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
3 cups of oatmeal
1-10 ounce package of Ghiradelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup of Heath Bar Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits
1 cup of sweetened flaked coconut
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, blend the butter and brown sugar together until smooth (by hand or mixer).
3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
4. Add the dry ingredients of flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix until blended.
5. Add the oatmeal, chocolate bits, coconut and toffee bits. Mix until all ingredients are covered evenly with the batter. The Batter may be a little stiff.
6. Drop by the teaspoon onto cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden and the centers are no longer wet.
7. Remove from oven, allow to rest for 5 minutes and cool on cookie racks.
Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!