Mmmmm, chocolate chip cookies, straight out of the oven. Oh yum! And then… add coconut and oatmeal. And if you say, I’m not a fan of coconut, I’m telling you… you don’t taste it. It just tastes amazing!
My dad sends me recipes quite often. This particular email really jumped out at me. But I kept forgetting to make them. Until… I got my Birthday present early. What?!?! Well… My birthday is Monday (next week). I’ll be 35. Holy cow… when did I get so old? When I wake up every morning I feel about 80. But we’re really not focusing on that aspect right now.
So why did I get my birthday present early? Well, because my darling sweet husband has to be out of town for work on my birthday. I’m not saying this to make him feel bad, although truth be told, he does. I understand. I really do. I’m not really a fan of birthdays anyway. I like having them because it means I’m still on this side of the ground, but otherwise, my birthdays usually suck. I hate to say that, but if tears aren’t involved at least once, it’s probably not my birthday.
One year I got put down by a family member on my birthday. Yes, those are the types of birthdays I have. One year my whole family except my mom and dad (pre-hubby days) forgot about my birthday including my grandma who shares my birthday. Sadly, birthdays just aren’t fun for me. They are just another day if not worse. But… again, let’s not focus on that.
Let’s focus on my Birthday present!!
Hubby got me a pretty, new, Kitchen Aid mixer. This is the 6500 series that has the DC motor. What does that mean? Well… nothing to me, but I’m here to tell you the motor is soooooooo much quieter than my old mixer. That was a 6000 series.
He also got me the paddle that has the squeegy scraper. I don’t know the technical name, but I sure like that name… squeegy scraper. Saves having to scrape down the bowl as much.
My friend Britton asked how I liked the glass bowl. We’ll address that real quick… So with the 6000 series I had (which was a great mixer), I bought hubby the glass bowl for Christmas one year. I truly wasn’t sure how I felt about it. But this one… for some reason I absolutely love it! Now… I’ve only used the mixer twice, but… so far the only complaint and it’s not a complaint so much as just a thought… the glass bowl is heavy. And I’m a little scared I’ll knock it off the counter and it will bust. It’s a little top heavy.
One other question to address… So…. what did I do with my other mixer? Good question. I gave it to my mother-in-law. Hubby and I sent her a text and told her to come over. I told her I had a surprise for her. When she got here, I had her sit at the table and close her eyes. Then I placed my old mixer in front of her, told her to open her eyes, and I swear I wish I’d have photographed the reaction on her face. It was priceless. I’m pretty sure I made her speechless.
The look on her face basically asked me if I was crazy. I laughed and said, do you not want it? She was like, I’ve always wanted one. Thank you! Absolutely!!
Chocolate Chip Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
Because I got a new kitchen toy, I obviously had to make something with it. Put that bad boy to use! This cookie recipe popped into my head. I ran through the list of ingredients, had them all, and made these cookies. Yum!
By the way, these cookies are sooooooo worth it! And the ones you don’t eat, they’re the ones that contain all the calories… duh!
While we were in Kansas City a few weeks ago, we went to Ikea. I love that store. I think we need one of those closer, along with fabulous grocery stores. Anyway, I got a new Vanilla bottle. Why? Well, the last time I went to the Amish store (about a month ago) I bought Mexican Vanilla as well as clear Vanilla. Did you know that clear Vanilla is actually imitation vanilla? That’s how they get it clear.
Anyway, I wanted a bottle like the one below for my clear vanilla (I already had my regular vanilla in one). This bottle is bigger than the one my regular vanilla was in, so I put my Mexican Vanilla in this bottle, cleaned out my old one, and put the clear vanilla in the smaller one. It’ll get used less anyway.
I used my sifter trick for sifting in my flour. In fact, I used that plate to soften my butter. Hey, sometimes you get in a hurry. How did I soften my butter? I placed it on a plate, 15 seconds in the microwave, turn, 15 seconds, turn, 15 seconds, turn, 15 seconds, and bam! room temperature butter that wasn’t melted.
I think I use the word Bam a lot. Thank you, Emeril.
Once the flour was in and just combined, it was time to add the chocolate chips, coconut, and oatmeal. My preferences: mini chocolate chips and rolled oats over quick oats.
Now here’s where it gets really tricky, messy, and fun. The recipe said 1/4 cup batter per cookie and place on a cookie sheet 3″ apart. I thought… wow. To begin with I did 5. I had a whole cookie blob the size of my cookie sheet. So, I cut back on the amount of cookie batter to my medium size scoop (maybe 1/8 cup). Much better. They were still huge cookies that took up most of the cookie sheet.
This was one of the original cookies that were 1/4 cup batter. That’s my hand, not a kids hand. Crazy, right? These cookies spread a lot. They are excellent though.
*note: I have no idea where this recipe came from. I’m not taking credit, but I want to share the recipe with you because they are that good! And I can’t link you to anywhere. So without further ado, here’s the recipe! I even named them because I didn’t know what the name was… I’m still not taking credit! Promise!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
- In a very large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in sugars, and combine thoroughly.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla.
- Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, oats, coconut, and pecans.
- For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart.
- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Remove cookies from rack to cool.