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Sunday, November 6, 2011

My son and I made cookies: Oatmeal Coconut Raisin Cookies; Oatmeal Cranberry Nut Cookies, and Blue Cookies!

My youngest son and I decided to make cookies. He could put whatever he wanted in his, and I in mine. Boy, did we get some unusual cookies. ;-D

Here is his blue foodcoloring, oatmeal, raisin, coconut, mulitcolored sugar sprinked cookies:

My boring, much less exciting Adult cookies had two colors of raisins, coconut and nuts in the mix:
Here are our recipes:

Of course, start off with Oatmeal; you will need 3 Cups of old fashioned uncooked Oats:
1/2 Cup and 6 Tbsp of butter, softened. [That is one whole stick and another 6 Tbsp's marker on a partial stick.] ;-)
3/4 Cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 Cup white granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tea of vanilla
1 1/2 Cups flour (all-purpose)
1 tea baking soda
1 tea ground cinnamon
1/2 tea salt

Optional: 1 Cup of raisins, or 1/2 Cup of golden and 1/2 Cup of brown raisins,
Go ahead, grab one! Umm...

Optional continued: or 1 Cup of cranberries, or a mix of cranberries and raisins, totaling 1 Cup, 1/2 Cup Wallnuts or Pecans, 1/2 Cup Coconut, you can add 1/2 Cup of white chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips.
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies:
1. Heat Oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer until creamy.
3. Add eggs and vanilla: beat well.
4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
5. Add oats and raisins; mix well:

6. Drop by rounded Tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets (I enjoy how easy using a small ice cream scoop is! The two spoon technique is fine too. Or, just use your hands and get dirty!):

7. Bake 8 minutes or until light golden brown.

(I set a timer and then watch them. Moist Chewy cookies cannot be overcooked, but you want a golden brown or they can look meally).
8. Move to wire rack:
Sometimes I just move them directly onto a plate. Usually, I am eager to get them off the cookie sheet to stop the cooking process a hot cookie sheet will continue to cook until they are off.

My Adult cookies, this baking time, had golden and brown raisins, pecans and coconut added to the oatmeal cookie mix:
Not as exciting as my son's blue cookies... Let the kids have fun with food coloring, colored sugar sprinkles and anything you can wrap your mind around! Just make sure your ratios are correct, you need some dough to hold the thing together! ;-)

Variations, so many choices, what do you put into your cookies at home?

Everything, but the kitchen sink in Big Cookies. ;-) (Some even like M&M's or Peanutbutter thrown into their Oatmeal Cookies). Cranberry is my personal fav. An easy way to put more fruit and nuts into our diet is in cookies, lol. Well, in moderation at least. ;-)

White Chocolate icing drizzle (Great idea during the holidays.)
Sandwhich cookies, filled with icecream, creamcheese icing, or even Cool Whip! We have even used our cookies as the cracker for Smores!
Here is my son with his cookies that he made. It is a great way to spend time with your kids. Have FuN... Play and experiment with your kids and Eat YummY Cookies together. ;0)

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