Sunday, June 23, 2013

Healthy-ish Cowboy Cookies

Healthy-ish Cowboy Cookies

Ok just to be clear we are talking about cookies so I use the term healthy-ish loosely....Compared to some of my other cookie recipes this one will provide some nutritional value. They are also some of the best cookies I have ever had. Enjoy.

3/4 cup flour (I use all purpose)
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (I have a super awesome Vietnamese cinnamon and it rocks, use the best one you can get)
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
6 Tbsp. sugar
6 Tbsp. light brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract (again use best one you can find, try and find the real stuff)
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I just chop up whatever chocolate I have on hand, usually not chips)
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup un-sweetened flaked coconut (you can use sweetened but I don't)

Preheat oven to 350 and put rack close to top (not highest setting but one below that so away from heat source to avoid bottoms burning)

Combine first 5 ingredients in bowl and whisk together, set aside.

In a large bowl beat the butter with handheld mixer  until smooth.  Add in both the sugars and continue to beat until fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.  Add in flour mixture and beat to form a dough (not long just until incorporated).  Stir in by hand the oats, chocolate, nuts, fruit and coconut. Don't overs stir,  just until even distributed.  Form dough into 20 balls and divide between 2 parchment lined cooked sheets. Bake for 14-16 minutes, watch closely towards end as they can but fast.

Once out of the oven, allow to sit for  2 minutes then transfer with spatula to wire rack to cool.

Note: I find the parchment paper or a silpat is key to not burning the bottoms of these cookies as is rack placement in the ovenAlso as far as the nuts and fruit go, feel free to substitute nuts and dried fruit if your choice if you don't like these.

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