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Friday, January 17, 2014

Not Just Another Cookie Recipe

Have I told you what an awesome husband I have? Really?  I haven't?  Well, he is.  How awesome?  This awesome....

Yesterday MR was home.  Mid-morning he takes a walk and stops at our local coffee shop, Sweet Sue's.  We always look in the bakery case, but never buy anything.  When he got home he emailed me at work and said, "Sweet Sue's had oatmeal pecan cranberry cookies.  They looked so yummy I came home and made some!"

I mean, seriously!  If that doesn't make him Best Husband Ever, then I don't know what does.  Because not only did he make cookies, he made CLEAN cookies!  He is pretty handy around the kitchen.  It wasn't just his good looks and amazing charm that caught my attention.  (Just to pile on here, not only were there fresh cookies when I got home, but he had also made supper, and done two loads of laundry.  I really love it when he is home and has time!)
Oatmeal Awesome Cookies

On to the recipe!  He used a Better Homes & Gardens recipe as the basis and tweaked from there.  he's an approximate chef.  He doesn't always measure, just a little of this, a little of that.  But he comes up with some amazing stuff, so I'll take it!  When I asked him how much pecans, his response was "Whatever was left in the bag."  Okay, how much chocolate chips, "Whatever was left in the jar."  You see where we are going.  So these additions are somewhat approximate, of course.  I would say, don't get crazy with it.  Too much of one thing can overpower it.  And you don't want that.  The other thing is to allow them to cool completely.  He said when he taste tested they were still warm and the chocolate really took over.  But once they are completely cooled, you get an amazing meld of flavor!

OATMEAL AWESOME COOKIES (adapted from BH&G)

INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup butter
1 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp baking powder
14 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:  In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with a electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add coconut sugar, honey, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.  Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined.  Beat is as much flour as you can with mixer.  Stir in the remaining flour.  Stir in the oats.  Stir in the pecans, cranberries, and chocolate chips.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden.  Cool cookies completely on a wire rack.  Makes about 4 dozen.

Again, definitely let them cool completely. I know it's tempting to eat them warm!

Hope you enjoy these but whatever you do, Keep it Clean!









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